Group rides and tours wi tour directors - oct 2010

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Robbie Webber, League of American Bicyclists safety instructor, presentation to the Gathering of Wisconsin Bicycle Tour Directors on Oct. 9th 2010. Topics include safety on road, during cycle events, consideration for other vehicles, and more.

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  • Show off community, $$$, future tourism, etc.
  • Sometimes what is needed to keep riders safe may irritate other road users.
  • Class on group riding written by LAB, along with a range of other classes, including Traffic Skills 101, commuting, kids classes, etc.
  • ABC Quick Check
  • I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost clocked someone who moved laterally without looking to see that I was about to pass!
  • Going up a hill, I have a special hand signal that says, “Stay back. It’s not safe to pass.” Then I give them the “Come on around,” when I crest the hill.
  • Some rides ban drafting or pacelining, but we all know that experienced riders will do it anyway.
  • The best way for bicyclists to be safe is to be SEEN. And on many rural roads, that means riding out in the lane, where drivers can see them.
  • Note that there are a number of circumstances where bicyclists are NOT required to stay far right, including when a lane is not wide enough for a car and bike to safely share.
  • Group rides and tours wi tour directors - oct 2010

    1. 1. Group rides and tours: Keeping your Riders Safe on the Road is More than just Riding a Bicycle Robbie Webber League Cycling Instructor # 701
    2. 2. Group rides are great for communities! Alliance for Biking and Walking -Leo Enriquez
    3. 3. But there can also be conflicts….
    4. 4. We ALL want <ul><li>The event to be fun! </li></ul><ul><li>The event to be a positive experience for all involved </li></ul><ul><li>The riders to be safe </li></ul>Alliance for Biking & Walking – Monica Adkins
    5. 5. <ul><li>How can you convey both etiquette and safety to your participants? </li></ul><ul><li>And what do we do when etiquette and safety conflict in the mind of the public? </li></ul>
    6. 6. These are some tips from the League of American Bicyclists. www.bikeleague.org You may want to share some or all of these tips with your riders.
    7. 7. Do a Pre-Ride Safety Check <ul><li>Making sure that the bikes participants are riding are in good working order can avoid crashes and break-downs </li></ul>
    8. 8. Follow the rules of the road <ul><li>Be predictable! </li></ul><ul><li>No weaving in and out of parked cars; ride a straight line. </li></ul><ul><li>Always ride with traffic. </li></ul><ul><li>Stop at stop signs and signals </li></ul><ul><li>Signal turns and lane changes </li></ul>
    9. 9. Be predictable to other riders <ul><li>Look before you make a move. Is anyone behind you, or to your side? </li></ul><ul><li>Use signals, including turning your head to look behind you. </li></ul><ul><li>Give warnings. </li></ul>Alliance for Bi king & Walking - Eric Hittinger
    10. 10. Be courteous to drivers, if possible <ul><li>Watch for traffic from the rear. </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge drivers with a wave or a smile. </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with hand signals or turning your head. </li></ul>Alliance for Biking & Walking - David Niddrie
    11. 11. Intersections – the danger zone <ul><li>Most crashes happen at intersections. </li></ul>Ok to call out traffic. Not OK to tell someone else it is safe to cross. Everyone needs to make their own decision when crossing.
    12. 12. Don’t have a pile-up at the intersection <ul><li>All riders should slow (or stop) at intersections. </li></ul>Alliance for Biking & Walking - Frank Tellez All riders should expect others to slow
    13. 13. Announce hazards and communicate with other riders <ul><li>Glass, potholes, road kill, gravel, wet leaves, RR tracks, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Other road users, pedestrians, farm equipment, dogs, deer…. </li></ul><ul><li>Announce when slowing, turning, or stopping. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Drafting?
    15. 15. Ride where drivers expect traffic This is where it can get tricky….
    16. 16. Wisconsin State Law 346.80: Riding bicycle […]on roadway <ul><li>“ (1) In this section, &quot;substandard width lane&quot; means a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle […] and a motor vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane. </li></ul><ul><li>(2)(a) Any person operating a bicycle […] upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb of the unobstructed traveled roadway, including operators who are riding 2 or more abreast where permitted under sub. (3), except: 1. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction. 2. When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway. 3. When reasonably necessary to avoid unsafe conditions, including fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards or substandard width lanes that make it unsafe to ride along the right-hand edge or curb. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Single or double? <ul><li>Bicyclists are required to single up if they are “impeding traffic,” but what does that mean? </li></ul><ul><li>If a car behind can pass, then a bicyclist isn’t impeding traffic. </li></ul><ul><li>But what if they couldn’t pass, even if you were riding single? </li></ul><ul><li>And is it easier to pass 10 bikes riding singly, or five pairs of bicyclists? </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>Bicyclists side-by-side may be easier to see </li></ul>Alliance for Biking & Walking - David Bishop
    19. 19. How do you convey this information?
    20. 20. Resources <ul><li>Law cards and educational materials from WI DOT </li></ul><ul><li>League of American Bicyclists </li></ul><ul><li>League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) </li></ul><ul><li>Classes from LCIs – for you, your staff, your riders </li></ul><ul><li>Other knowlegable groups and individuals </li></ul>
    21. 21. On-line resources <ul><li>www.dot.wisconsin.gov/bicycles.htm </li></ul><ul><li>www.bikeleague.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.bfw.org </li></ul>
    22. 22. Or, call me Robbie Webber [email_address] 608-233-1390 608-225-0002 (cell)

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