When it comes to bike events, the real joy lies in the camaraderie and the shared adventure with thousands of fellow cyclists. However, with such a large crowd, it’s crucial to prioritize safety to avoid any unfortunate incidents. That’s why we’re here to discuss the importance of RIGHT Riding. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a first-timer, these key tips will help you navigate the event with confidence and minimize the risk of crashes or accidents.
Be Mindful When Stopping:
To ensure the safety of yourself and others, communicate your intentions when stopping along the RAGBRAI routes. Check for any vehicles or bicycles behind you and choose a stopping point at the right edge of the roadway. Move to the shoulder promptly and park completely off the roadway when making repairs, resting, or socializing. Avoid stopping on curves or at the top of hills, as these areas can be particularly hazardous.
Maintain a Straight Line:
With the sheer number of riders, it’s important to ride in a straight line and be predictable to those around you. Avoid excessive weaving or sudden movements that can increase the risk of collisions. By maintaining a consistent path, you contribute to the overall safety of the group.
Stay Clear of Drafting:
While drafting can seem enticing, it poses significant dangers. Riding closely behind another cyclist to benefit from their draft may compromise your visibility and reaction time. Moreover, crossing wheels can lead to devastating crashes involving multiple riders. Remember, drafting vehicles is also strictly prohibited during RAGBRAI.
Ride to the Right:
Create a smoother flow of traffic by riding towards the right side of the road. This allows faster riders to pass on your left comfortably. While it’s natural to feel like you’re in the “fast lane,” staying towards the right ensures a safer and more organized riding experience for everyone.
When making a left turn, position yourself towards the center of the roadway to deter others from attempting to pass you on the left. Ensure that you signal your intention clearly and in advance. Conversely, if you’re turning right, position yourself on the right side of the roadway and execute the turn from there.
RAGBRAI is a unique and thrilling experience that brings cyclists together for a week of adventure. By embracing the principles of RIGHT Riding, you contribute to a safer and more enjoyable event for everyone involved. Remember, safety should always be a top priority. So, have fun, stay alert, and ride responsibly. Let’s make this year’s RAGBRAI journey the best one yet with the RIGHT Riding practices in mind!
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