Safety

WHEELS is all about safety. Feeling safe is what makes cycling fun.

Here are some safety tips from Bike305:

When Cycling

  • 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

 

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