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Traffic Safety Information


The ALS Association believes that the annual Ride to Defeat can boast about its safety record with the help of our cyclists and the assistance that we receive from the local police departments along our 75-mile route. We are asking that you will continue to ride in a safe and courteous manner. As always, please look out for the safety of your fellow riders.

VERY IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT A CLOSED COURSE. You will be sharing the road with other vehicles. The motoring public does not always share in your enthusiasms and efforts during the Ride to Defeat ALS. Drivers do not always know how to react to cyclists. Please be aware of vehicles around you. This is NON-COMPETIVE bike ride.

Mother Nature and road surfaces are not always friendly to us either- both of which we cannot control. We will continually monitor the road condition and put in a request to the authorities to make needed repairs.

As you read on, refresh yourself with some common sense rules and laws of the roadway. Together we can make this a safe ride.


Before you start:

- Everyone needs to wear a helmet

- Make sure your rider number will is visable at all times

- Bring your own water bottle for refills

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ring your cell phone with you


On the Road

- THIS IS NOT A CLOSED COURSE. Please be aware of the cars on the road. This is a NON-COMPETITIVE bike ride; DO NOT “race” the course.

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Make sure to ride in a single file. You are sharing the road with cars.

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The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists. (If the light is red, you must stop; Stop at stop signs; Pedestrian crossing, you must stop)

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Obey all traffic control devices – especially the police officers and fireman assisting with traffic. They are there for your safety.

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Always wear a properly fitting helmet. It not only keeps you safe, it is the law.

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Alert other riders of upcoming road hazards. This can be done with pointing and saying the hazard you see, such as “gravel” “pothole” etc.

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Give yourself ample room to maneuver in the event of an emergency.

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Do not use your cell phone while riding.

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The use of headphones is PROHIBITED on the route.

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YIELD TO ALL EMERGENCY VEHICLES!!!!! Move to the right to allow them to pass. Look and listen for lights and sirens!

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Communicate well in advance. Use gestures in combination with verbal commands.

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LEFT TURN: Left arm straight out

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RIGHT TURN: Right arm straight out

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“ON YOUR LEFT”: Rider approaching your left side. Ride steadily and allow room to pass

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“CAR BACK”: Car approaching from the rear

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“GRAVEL/POTHOLE/SAND/TRACKS”: Combined with pointing, alerts other cyclists to hazardous road conditions

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“SLOWING/STOPPING”: Cyclist is slowing or stopping. May be combined with turning palm of hand toward people riding behind.


Course Marshals and signage will be stationed to direct you along the course. Follow the instructions of all on-course marshals. They are there for your safety, to help you stay on course, and to be sure all riders are adhering to the ride policies. DO NOT move or alter signs, cones, or other safety equipment.

Ride on the Right

- Always ride in the same direction as traffic.

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lways ride in a single file line. Drafting is STRICTLY PROHIBITED

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Keep as far right as safely possible. NEVER ride in the opposite lane of travel! Again, this is not a closed course. You are sharing this with thousands of pounds of motor vehicles.

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Slower moving cyclists stay to the right.

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If you are overtaking a cycle – CLEARLY announce your intentions. Make sure to say “On your left”.

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Ride in the right third of the lane if there is not sufficient room for lane sharing.


WHAT NOT TO DO:


Ride Predictably

- Ride in a single file. AGAIN, this is not a closed course. You will be sharing the road with cars.

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Ride in a straight line.

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Don't swerve in the road or between parked cars.

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Check for traffic before entering a street or intersection.

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Anticipate hazards and adjust your position accordingly.

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NEVER cross into oncoming traffic lanes.


WHAT TO DO:


Hazards

- If a lane narrows ahead or is blocked by any motor vehicle, establish your position in traffic early.

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Use extra caution when riding where glass and other trash accumulate on the roadway.

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Grates and gutter pans should be avoided by positioning yourself away from them.

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POT HOLES ARE EVERYWHERE! Always be on the lookout and alert others!



TRAFFIC SIGNALS, SIGNS AND POLICE OFFICERS - Obey, Obey, Obey!

- Cyclists, just like motorists, must obey all traffic control devices – that means all traffic signals, stop and yield signs.

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It takes longer to travel through an intersection on bike; plan to stop for yellow lights.

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Avoid cars that run red lights by waiting for the signal to turn green and scan to make sure it's clear –

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FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS OF ALL POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREMEN DIRECTING TRAFFIC.


Beware of Blind Spots

- Most drivers do not always expect to see cyclists on the roadway.

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Do not ride next to another vehicle unless you are in a different lane or passing.

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Be cautious of bigger cars with mirrors that stick out further than expected. They have been known to strike cyclist.

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If you can't see the mirrors on a bus, truck or car, then drivers cannot see you.


Signaling a Turn

- Signal well before the intersection; make sure you are in proper lane position.

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Left arm out and down with palm to the rear to indicate stopping

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Left or right arm straight out to indicate left or right turn


Scan

- Constant identification of potential hazards in front and behind as well as to each side.

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Scanning allows you to avoid dangerous situations before they happen.

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Scan for motorists, road conditions, pedestrians, animals, traffic signals.


Equipment

- We will have roving support vehicles throughout the whole course to assist with bike problems. If you need help, turn your bike upside down so the SAG can spot you on their travels

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It is still helpful to bring tools and parts to deal with mechanical failures, which can leave you stranded.

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Water, food, sunscreen, and first aid all are suggested.


Need a Break?

- Utilize all Rest Stops! They are there for you! They are staffed by people who have VOLUNTEERED to help you. Use them and tell them how much you appreciate them!

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Water, Gatorade, fruit and small snack will be provided at all rest stops.

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For your safety at all rest stops, be sure to use the designated in and outs at each rest stop.

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If you are having difficulty finishing the ride, we have support vehicles that will move you to the next rest stop or take you down to Wildwood.



Support Vehicles

- They are there for you. They are driven by people who have VOLUNTEERED to help you. Use them and tell them how much you appreciate them!

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Personal support vehicle are strictly prohibited and will not be permitted to enter into any Rest Stop.


Weather

- Be aware of possible changes in weather and pack accordingly.

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Strong headwinds can severely slow your pace.

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Be prepared for the worst that you can expect that season on any given day.


Special Notes for Riding in Groups

- Say "stopping" if you have to brake hard in a group of cyclists, rather than using a hand signal.

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Don't follow too closely (draft). This is extremely unsafe and is not permitted on this route.

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Pull completely off the road or path (especially) if you have to stop.

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Ride single file on busy paths and on roads with wide lanes that can be shared by a bike and a passing car. Once again, the ride is not a closed course.


OFF THE ROAD BY 2:00 PM!!!

- We will be pushing everyone along to get you across the finish line in Wildwood by 2:30 pm. If you feel you can’t make it, notify any support staff and you will be assisted. Put your pride and ego aside- you did a great job getting as far as you did!

Any questions, please contact me directly.

Thank you!

Jamey

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