Safety & training

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

Rider safety is our top priority.

There are two ways to Ride for Roswell this summer. Join us in person on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at the University at Buffalo North Campus or Ride Your Own Way any time before August 31.

Many Ride for Roswell routes are on 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.

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.

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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.

If you are not familiar with riding a bicycle on public roads, we have provided some helpful links 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.

Support

All registered riders will receive instructions to download and use the rider tracking app TraQCentral. This app helps us respond to your calls for assistance on the route.

716-THE-RIDE (716-843-7433) is also monitored for calls for assistance.

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 bottle 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 — All RFR routes are loops and riders merge with other routes as they turn around to ride back to the finish line. Areas where routes converge are neutral zones. It is important to adjust speed to traffic congestion. Slow down in neutral zones where routes merge, including the finish line zone where riders share the road and are not permitted to “race to the finish.”

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

A child wears a helmet on the back of a bike
Back of a rider's jersey

eBikes at Ride for Roswell

While a traditional road bike or hybrid bike is preferred, some riders may want to complete their routes on an eBike. The good news is that class 1, pedal assist eBikes are allowed at Ride for Roswell. To ensure a safe and positive ride experience, however, there are some factors you should consider.

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.

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.