The Tour de Palm Springs is only a few days away, so before we all get on our bikes to enjoy one of California’s most iconic rides, we wanted to share tips on how we all can stay safer over this weekend’s epic ride.
- If this is your first experience riding in a group, be sure to keep a safe and comfortable distance from other cyclists. This will help give you ample space and time to react to unseen road debris and the people around you.
- Don’t be afraid to let those around you know that this is your first experience riding in a group. Other riders can be very helpful by offering you some pointers. This can also provide you with encouragement and inspire confidence.
- There are going to be over 5,000 people riding at TDPS this weekend, so there will be lots of groups throughout the entire course. When approaching groups of cyclists, keep your eyes on the road while maintaining a safe and comfortable distance. Pass only on the left side of a cyclist and/or group and announce yourself “on your left”. Be sure to say hello as you pass by and offer words of encouragement. Be sure to watch for uneven pavement and other road hazards. If riders are behind you when you encounter road debris, safely maneuver around it and point to or announce the hazard without turning your head. Keep your eyes on the road at all times.
- Slow down and stop at all intersections and YELLOW and RED traffic lights. This is a fun ride, so there is no need to endanger yourself and other cyclists by running a YELLOW or RED traffic light. Be sure to stop at all intersections when you encounter a stop sign. Communicate to those around you that you are coming to a stop. (Running a red light is not only illegal, even on your bike, but it could end in an accident causing severe injury or even death. Please don’t do it!)
- Always keep your hands on your handlebars in a position that allows immediate access to your brakes. Having direct access to your brakes will enable you to make unexpected manuevers to avoid road debris and other road obstacles.
- If you are riding by yourself, be sure stay to the right as much as practical to maintain a safe traveling distance. A good rule of thumb to follow is the three-feet rule…by law, vehicles are required to allow cyclists three feet of distance, so be sure you are traveling a safe distance to the right while in traffic.
- Have fun! Take the time to meet some new friends along your journey. Be aware and be safe…Happy Riding!
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