WHEELS is all about safety. Feeling safe is what makes cycling fun.
Here are some safety tips from Bike305:
- Be alert and avoid distractions
- Signal your moves in traffic & groups
- Verbally communicate your moves in groups
- Be predictable to everyone around you
- Know the rules and obey them
- No headphones or earbuds - you must be able to hear oncoming traffic of all kinds
What To Wear & Carry On a Bike
- Bright, reflective clothing from dusk to dawn
- Bike lights:
- Front – White light
- Back – Red light plus red reflector
- Water bottles (2) filled with water (plus an electrolyte beverage for longer rides)
- Cellphone, ID, money, credit card, insurance ID card, and emergency contacts in a waterproof baggie (in case of rain)
- Spare tube (appropriate size for your tire)
- Mini air-pump or CO2 cartridge & dispenser and tire levers
Rules of the Road
In Florida, a bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and the bicyclist is a driver. Bicyclists have a right to ride on the road, but must obey the same traffic laws as drivers of motorized vehicles.
- Ride WITH the flow of traffic, NOT AGAINST
- Under 16 years of age? You MUST wear a fitted bicycle helmet; it’s the LAW!
- 16 or above? It’s advisable to wear a fitted helmet
You can plug into safety training in these ways before, during, and after WHEELS:
Starting mid-October, view special step-by-step videos that will show you how to:
- Take your bike into a Tri-Rail or Metrorail Station
- Move safely up and down elevators with your bike
- Wait for your train on the platform
- Be respectful and give right of way to other passengers
- Board your train.
- Park your bike in the designated bike-parking section (available in each car) and affix it to the bike loop with a bungee or tie-down.
- Disembark, make your way down and out the station via the elevator.
During the 5 days of WHEELS:
- Get a free bike helmet and custom fitting (available to early pre-registrants while supplies last)
- Get free bike tune-ups, courtesy of Mack Cycle (available to early pre-registrants)
- Volunteers from the South Florida bicycling community (led by Bike 305 and Everglades Bicycle Club) will hold short pre-ride safety talks before leading rides around Miami-Dade County
- On Saturday, November 14 at the Bike-In Family Festival, learn how to fit your bike onto the front rack of a full-sized Metrobus
- Also on Saturday, your children can learn safety skills with a fun bike rodeo in South Miami and practice them on a guided Kidical Mass ride to Dante B. Fascell Park