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!

There are two ways to Ride for Roswell this summer. Join us in person on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the University at Buffalo Amherst 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!

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.

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 you don’t have a flat or they aren’t under-inflated. Use a tire gauge and a pump or visit one of the Ride’s local bike shop partners 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 it over and make sure it’s lubricated. If it is rusty or dry, have your local bike shop grease as necessary or it may need replacing.

Resources on common riding situations.

If you are not that familiar with the situations when riding a bicycle on public roads, we have provided some helpful links with great information that will keep you safe and knowledgable! Click on the items below to access the knowledge bases.

Helmets are mandatory!

For your safety, all riders must wear a helmet throughout their ride.

Keep ears free.

You should not use headphones or cell phones while riding so that you can hear your fellow riders and be aware of your surroundings. Your fully charged cell phone IS an important safety tool, though, so bring your phone on your 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. Helmets are not available for children under 12 months of age.

Hydrate.

Be sure your bike has a water bottle cage, and carry a sports water bottle that fits in the cage. Store-bought water bottles will fall out of the cage and trip riders. Drink water before you are thirsty!​

Other rules to follow:

Ride to the right unless passing 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. Put plenty of space between you and the rider in front of you.

Obey all traffic signals, devices and signs.

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.

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.

Local bike shop partners!

Getting your bike properly fitted for your body dimensions and learning how to shift your bike’s gears will make a world of difference. Your local bike shop can help you with bike fit and with skills training. Proper gear shifting is a fundamental skill that will improve your ride and your personal safety.

Contact.

Office address.

Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263

Phone number.

716-THE-RIDE
(716-843-7433)

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