Safety-Related Food for Thought followed by Bicycle Riding Best Practices

Safety is a #1 priority! Please review and practice the following tips to ensure that everyone has a safe and healthy AngelRide.

SAFETY Food for Thought FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS:

  • Comply, follow and abide by any and all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, requirements and guidelines regarding Covid-19.
  • This is not a race. Enjoy the views. Have fun! Stay in control and within your abilities.
  • Bring your phone! Remember the contact info for your AngelRide volunteer card dealer!
  • Eye Protection: Strongly suggested, protect your eyes from sun glare, wind, insects, etc.
  • Clothing: Dress for the anticipated weather, carry a rain jacket if inclement weather is possible. Wear highly visible colors. Reflective material is a plus.
  • Stay hydrated and rest when you need to rest. As we like to say “EAT, DRINK & PEE!”
  • Ride, walk, run SINGLE FILE!
  • Be aware of vehicles at every moment and follow all traffic rules and signals (including stop signs!).
  • Make eye contact with drivers at intersections and do not continue forward unless you’re positive that the driver sees you.
  • Do NOT use earbuds or headphones.
  • If you want to make or answer a phone call or send a text, move over to the side of the road first. DO NOT USE A MOBILE DEVICE WHILE YOU’RE RIDING, WALKING OR RUNNING.
  • Remember, we love you. Practice safety. Enjoy your AngelRide, enjoy your route, come home safe and sound!

ALL THAT PLUS…BICYCLE RIDING Best Practices:

TRAINING Adjust your training to your level of fitness

PERSONAL SAFETY

    • Helmet  Required, no question, wear a helmet
    • Eye Protection  Strongly suggested, protect your eyes from sun glare, wind, insects, etc.
    • Clothing
      • Dress for the anticipated weather, carry a rain jacket if inclement weather possible
      • Highly visible colors – reflective material a plus
    • Suggested for your Bike
        • Headlight
        • Taillight

RIDER MAINTENANCE

    • Hydration – Drink on a regular basis, a swig every 15 min is advisable, more often if heat is excessive. A minimum would be one normal (22 oz.) sized water bottle an hour. Carry enough fluid, either in water bottles or a hydration system, to sustain yourself. Know your chosen route well enough to replenish as necessary.
    • Sustenance – Taking in food is essential on longer, multi-hour rides. Know what your system will tolerate, perhaps a banana for the early portion for your ride, then energy bars or gel for the remainder. Be aware of what works for you, avoid the “bonk”.
    • Fatigue Awareness – Be self-aware should exhaustion begin to set in. If you begin to have difficulty concentrating or focusing on the road, pull off in a safe, covered (shaded) area and rest.
    • Rest / Recover – Give yourself breaks along the way, whether riding 30 or 60 miles. Take a few minutes periodically to stand, walk, eat, drink, enjoy a view, stretch, etc.

ROAD AWARENESS

    • Position on Road – Always ride on the right side of the road near or on the shoulder, travel with traffic.
    • Road Hazards – Be alert for potholes, broken pavement on shoulder or no shoulder at all, glass, loose gravel, and other objects that may interfere with your ride.
    • Intersections – Obey stop signs, traffic lights, unclip and wait until clear if necessary.
    • Parked cars  – Allow room and be alert to avoid opening doors.
    • Small Group – Ride single file, signal hazards to following riders.

COMMUNICATION

    • Share your planned route with others
    • Cell Phone – carry in pocket or saddle bag. Remember to bring the cell number for your AngelRide volunteer card dealer! Label your emergency contact person ICE (in case of emergency).
    • Make eye contact with motorists at intersections. This is no guarantee that they will see you and assume they don’t unless you’re acknowledged.
    • Hand Signals 
      • Inform other road users of your intentions, know the basic ones. 
      • Turning – signal direction prior to turn
      • Group Riding – slow down, stop, road hazard (pot hole, glass, etc)
      • Basic Hand Signals:

BICYCLE PREP

    • Mechanical Readiness – if you are a “do-it-yourself” person, check all portions of the bike that you, as the rider, will depend on. From cable adjustments to bolt tightness (handlebar, bottle cages, brakes, etc). Otherwise, have your bike serviced by your local shop prior to the ride. A few of our favorites are Pedal PowerMystic Cycle CentreTrue CycleryZane’s Cycles in Branford. Ask them for training tips too! 
    • Tire Condition – check for tread wear (should never see casing through tread), cuts, and objects embedded in the tread (such as glass). Replace as necessary.
    • Tool Kit – carry a multi-purpose tool for any “on-the-fly” adjustments or flat repair.
    • Flat Repair – carry a spare tube, patch kit, tire levers (or multi-tool), and inflator of your choice (pump or CO2 cartridges)

WEATHER CONDITIONS

      • Sunshine
        • Be aware of excessive exposure, wear sunscreen.  Consider wearing a head covering under your helmet to prevent sunburn on your scalp.
      • Rain
        • Slow Down! Painted lines (crosswalks, lane markings), metal plates, man-hole covers, and steel decked bridges become extremely slippery when wet. Oil on the road becomes a slip hazard until rain is heavy enough to wash it away.
        • Hypothermia – A rain jacket is an essential piece of gear to not only protect you from the elements, it also helps your core maintain its proper temperature as conditions cool.
        • Lightening – Get off the road and seek shelter
      • Heat Related Illnesses
          • Heat Exhaustion – Stop, rest, rehydrate
          • Heat Stroke – This is a medical emergency, call 911
          • Know the signs…