Safe Riding 101
If you’re new to Padres Pedal, or if this is your first cycling event, rest assured that navigating our event will be a fun, safe experience. To help you get started on the road to safety as you take on the challenge of creating a world without cancer, consider the following rules of the road:
- FOLLOW THE LAW
Your safety depends on you. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
- BE PREDICTABLE
Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
- BE CONSPICUOUS
Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing and lights. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.
- THINK AHEAD
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards.
- RIDE READY
Check that your tires are sufficiently inflated, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.
What to Bring on Your Ride
- Tuned-up bike with hand pump and CO2 cartridges + nozzle
- Cycling shoes, cycling shorts and/or tights, cycling shirt or jersey, socks, gloves
- Water bottle
- Lip balm
- Cell phone for emergency use only (in a zip lock bag, carry with you)
- Identification, money/credit card (carry with you)
Padres Pedal Event Information
- Padres Pedal the Cause is a ride, not a race!
- Helmets must be worn at all times while riding.
- Headphones, iPods and, radios are not permitted while riding.
- Ride single file, except to pass. Stay in marked bike lanes where available.
- Communicate with your fellow cyclists using terms such as “on your left” when passing, and “car back” as well as pointing out potholes and road debris (glass, gravel, etc.).
- Stay to the right of the yellow lines at all times.
- Riders will have access to refueling stations along the course. However, please start the ride with two full bottles of water and adequate nutrition. A detailed map of refueling station locations will be provided in the weeks leading up to the event.
- The courses will have roving sag wagons and mechanics to help with technical difficulties, but please carry all necessary tools to change flat tires.
- Courses will be marked with signage throughout course. Each rider should carry turn by turn directions.
- All riders are required to follow the rules of the road at all times during the event (see California Bicycle Laws below).
California Bicycle Laws
- Stay right: Ride in the right portion of the rightmost lane in the direction you are traveling and leave at least four feet between your handlebars and parked cars or other hazards such as other users.
- You may move left when passing slower vehicles or preparing for a left turn.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals: Avoid “following the leader” through traffic signs and signals; you are required to obey all traffic signs and signals, including stopping at red lights and stop signs.
- Look & signal before you move: Always scan behind you before changing lanes or making turns. A continuous arm signal is required prior to a turn or lane change (unless arm is needed to control the bike) and while stopped waiting to turn.
- Two at a time: Ride no more than two abreast and do not impede traffic. If a part of the road has been closed and dedicated to “bicycle travel only” you may ride more than two abreast.
- Hands on the handlebars: Do not carry anything that prevents keeping one hand on the handlebars.
- Pass with care: Do not pass at intersections.