Safety & training.

Rider safety is our top priority. Use these resources to ensure you have the best experience at the Ride for Roswell.

Rider safety is our priority!

Rider safety is our priority!

There are two ways to Ride for Roswell this summer. Join us in person on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at the University at Buffalo North Campus or Ride Your Own Way any time before August 31.

Many Ride for Roswell routes are on the open roads, so riders share the road with cars and must obey the rules of the road. Volunteers, law enforcement and fire safety personnel are stationed throughout each route to ensure our riders have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Gear up for a safe ride! (Hide this section to start)

TraQCentral App.

Prior to Ride Day, we ask that all riders download the TraQCentral app from the App Store or Google Play and set up an account. This is the fastest and easiest way to communicate with the Ride Team. You can use the app to request assistance within seconds, and we’ll send you any updates on weather delays, route changes and more.

TraQCentral also allows you to share your ride with friends and family. It sends your chosen contacts a personal link where they can watch your progress, send personal “Shout-Outs” and see pictures you upload.

Learn more about TraQCentral.

Local bike shop partners!

Your local bike shop is a great resource as you prepare for Ride for Roswell! Our bike shop partners can assist you with a wide range of needs from supplies to fittings, tune-ups and even group trainings.

Assess cycling gear.

Having the right equipment is key to a safe ride! We encourage you to visit our local bike shop partners to buy new gear or get your bike inspected, tuned up or upgraded. Be sure to check the cyclist’s ABCs.

Air pressure.

Squeeze your tires to make sure they’re not flat or under-inflated. Use a tire gauge and pump or visit a local bike shop for a fix.

Brakes.

Check your brakes to see if they are tight enough. If they are squeaky, that might mean they are too tight. Your local bike shop can help.

Chain.

Look over your bike chain and make sure it’s lubricated. If it is rusty or dry, have your local bike shop grease it or even replace it.

Training resources.

with great information to help keep you safe and knowledgeable!

Click on the items below to access the knowledge bases.

Safe riding.

Whether you’re riding with us or your own way, here are a few tips to follow to keep you and your team safe.

Helmets are mandatory!

Bicycle helmets are required for all riders.

Keep ears free.

Do not use headphones or cell phones while riding so that you can hear your fellow riders, as well as emergency directions. Your cell phone is an important safety tool in cases of emergency, so bring a fully charged phone to the Ride.

Children.

New York state law prohibits taking a child under 12 months of age on a bicycle ride in a bicycle child seat, trailer, sidecar or any other carrier. All children in attendance must be accompanied by a supervising adult guardian who agrees to ride with the child on the same route.​

Hydrate.

Drink water before you are thirsty!​ Be careful that your water bottles does not drop and trip riders.

Other rules to follow:

Ride to the right — Always ride to the right unless to pass a slower cyclist. Always pass on the left, never on the right. Call out “on your left!” and use your bell as you approach and pass.

Don’t ride more than two abreast — Traveling in groups of more than two riders side by side makes it difficult for both cars and other riders to pass safely.

Obey all traffic signals, devices and signs — Follow directions given by law enforcement and fire safety personnel, route guides, riding marshals and other Ride for Roswell volunteers.

Use verbal commands and hand signals — Most bike accidents occur when two or more bikes collide, usually caused when one rider isn’t paying attention. Use loud and clear communication! Declare your intentions by using hand signals to alert drivers and riders when you turn, slow or stop.

Adjust speed — Areas where routes converge are neutral zones. It is important to adjust speed to traffic congestion. Slow down in neutral zones where routes merge.

Pets — For the safety of our riders and your pets, any pets other than approved service animals are prohibited on the routes.

RFR participant gives thumbs up
Rider gives fist pump while riding

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT

Do not move the rider. They may have internal injuries. Use your cell phone or flag down a rider who has one and call 911.