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Safety

Future is in Your Hands

The dangerous actions of a few can jeopardize the future of this ride for all. Bike MS provides the necessary tools to educate all City to Shore cyclists on proper riding etiquette but it’s up to YOU to become a responsible cyclist. We need you to spread the word to your fellow cyclists and teammates and protect the integrity of the ride.

Be courteous. Be responsible. Be safe! 

The National MS Society strongly encourages you to review the compiled bike safety resources below.

The Bike MS: City to Shore Safety Program is celebrating its 10th year.

Quality Concepts Inc

Thank you to our cyclists who have taken the pledge in the past to be a Responsible Cyclist. Whether you took a GRS course in 2008 or in 2014, it’s good to have a refresher on group riding etiquette and the rules of the road.

To celebrate this year, participants who take a GRS Course or RC Call will receive a pair of Bike MS socks sponsored by Quality Concepts, Inc.

> Who can be responsible cyclists?

It is important that each and every cyclist set a good example by following the rules of the road and respecting the communities we ride through. With 7,000 cyclists on the road, each individual cyclist makes an impact – good or bad.

Team Captain Reminder:  Make safety a priority! If 10% of your team are Responsible Cyclists, your team will receive the Team Safety Awareness Award

> What are the responsibilities of responsible cyclists?

  • Wear your blue RC sticker, provided at a GRS course or mailed in September, on your rider number City to Shore weekend
  • Ride as a model cyclist throughout City to Shore weekend
  • Let people know how and why you became an RC this year and get them involved in your commitment to safety 

> How can you become a responsible cyclist?

    Pledge to be a Responsible Cyclist
  • Take a Group Riding Skills (GRS) Course - 2017 GRS Course participants are automatically given RC credentials in 2017.
  • Renew your pledge!  2015-2016 GRS Course participants can renew their pledge to be a Responsible Cyclist at City to Shore online today and participate in one of the following 30 minute (max) conference calls:

    > Thursday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m.
    > Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
    > Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
    > Monday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

    You will receive a reminder email with dial-in information and a PDF document to review the day before your call. Click here to renew your pledge today!

    Capacity for each call is limited to 15 participants. Calls are approximately 30 minutes and reviews safe and courteous cycling behavior, the need for it at City to Shore and behind the scenes information at City to Shore.

League of American Bicyclists    

A group mentality is not always safe. It is important that each cyclist set a good example by following the rules of the road and respecting the communities we ride through.

Group Riding Skills (GRS) Courses: Bike MS has partnered with the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), a national organization dedicated to cycling, cycling advocacy and cycling education, to offer our cyclists free Group Riding Skills (GRS) Courses. All cyclists are encouraged to participate in a Group Riding Skills course. All cyclists are encouraged to participate in a Group Riding Skills course.

Learn More & Register


Your Responsibility:

  • Be respectful, aware and courteous of others around you, fellow cyclists, and the communities we ride through. Help others when needed.
  •     > Look before passing other cyclists
  • Obey all traffic laws, follow police direction and all traffic signals and signs. Roads are not closed to vehicles ride weekend.
        > Stop at stop signs and traffic lights - it’s the law! Each cyclist is responsible for verifying that the intersection is clear.
        > Don’t block the road – stay to the right, never cross the yellow line and do not ride more than 2 abreast
        > At intersections, stay in the correct lane and stay to the right of car  s at all times - do not swarm cars at intersection
        > Never use a cell phone or headphones while riding (it’s against the law)
  • Communicating well in advance. Use gestures in combination with verbal commands.
        > LEFT TURN: Left arm straight out
        > RIGHT TURN: Left arm straight out and bent up or right arm straight out
        > “ON YOUR LEFT”: Rider approaching your left side. Ride steadily and allow room to pass
        > “CAR BACK”: Car approaching from the rear
        > “GRAVEL/POTHOLE/SAND/TRACKS”: Combined with pointing, alerts other cyclists to hazardous road conditions
        > “SLOWING/STOPPING”: Cyclist is slowing or stopping. May be combined with turning palm of hand toward people riding behind.
  • Not using aerobars in a pack.
  • Remembering pace lines can be dangerous. Never ride in a pace line with cyclists during Bike MS weekend.

Plus, reference these great resources:


Group Starts – PATCO Woodcrest Station (80- & 100-mile start) Start Location

Due to 7,000 cyclists starting at PATCO's Woodcrest station Saturday morning, a staggered start is necessary.

We understand that waiting to start the event can be frustrating. However, our top priority is to get all cyclists on the road safely. We work with local law enforcement to manage both the number of cyclists being released at any given time during the start period. Police dictate the release.

Accommodating the high number of cyclists presents many challenges and we appreciate your patience and corporation. Please know where to go, follow instructions, and treat other cyclists, volunteers, Bike MS staff and the police with the utmost respect.

Our ride has one of the best reputations in the country. By working together, we can keep it that way.

Staggered start tips:

> Remember, it's for your safety
> Be patient
> Follow ALL instructions given by Bike MS staff and volunteers, and be courteous to them
> Only enter the start chute via the staging area - this is the ONLY entrance to the route
> Use designated walk areas only - stay out of the start chute
> Be courteous to your fellow cyclists. Remember, you may be just arriving at PATCO, but your fellow Bike MS cyclists may be getting on the road.

Click here for full details relating the to the PATCO’s Woodcrest Station (80 & 100 mile) Start, including maps, start times, parking and important reminders.

Local Training Rides Hosted by Sponsoring Bike Shops

  • Action Wheels Bike Shop in Deptford, NJ
    July 7, 2016 - 6:00 PM
    July 14, 2016 - 6:00 PM 
    July 28, 2016 - 6:00 PM
    August 4, 2016 - 6:00 PM
  • Human Zoom Bikes and Boards in Ardmore, PA and Philadelphia, PA (Manayunk)
    Every Sunday morning  - mid April to October - 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Keswick Cycle in West Philadelphia, PA
    May 17, 2016 - 6:00PM
    June 20, 2016 - 6:00PM
    July 17, 2016 - 6:00PM
    August 16, 2016 - 6:00PM 
  • Pedaller Bike Shop in Lansdale, PA
    Every Wednesday night at 6:00 PM starting early April
  • The Caffeinated Cyclist in Pitman, NJ
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings beginning March 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM until June 1, 2016, then at 6:00 PM

Visit our Bike Shops, Inspections and Coupons page for more information about sponsoring bike shops.



The safety of our cyclists is the number one priority at Bike MS. Each year, tens of thousands of participants join in more than 85 rides across the nation. There is a great mix of riders with different experience and skill levels on the road together. To help ensure that you and everyone have a great ride and arrives safely at the finish line, please review this safety information about personal safety, group riding skills, cycling etiquette and bike maintenance.

Safety Resources:

Bike Care

More Cycling Tips from Bicycling Magazine

Check these things after each ride, and next time you'll roll without a hitch.

5 Minute Inspection, written by Natasha Grief, Bicycling Magazine

Most cyclists, if they check their bikes at all, wait to do it five minutes before the group is about to start rolling. What's the point? No one's going to wait for you to remedy a cracked frame or a torn sidewall. Be one of the smart ones: Give your bike this once-over after each ride, so you're ready to go at the drop of a hat—or helmet.

Quick-Release

Check for: Side-to-side play in the wheel; QRs or skewers that aren't tight or secure
How? Make sure quick-releases are closed all the way, and that bolt-on skewers are securely fastened.
On your next ride: Your wheel won't come loose and detach from your bike midride.

Wheel

Check for: Trueness
How? While spinning the wheel, watch the distance between the rim and the brake pad. It should be uniform for the entire rotation. If it wobbles, the wheel needs truing. (Watch our pro true a wheel at http://www.bicycling.com/maintenance/bike-washing/subtle-art-wheel-truing.)
On your next ride: Your wobbly wheel won't lead to more serious problems, such as a shudder while descending or brake pads rubbing.

Brakes

Check for: Grit on the pads, caliper alignment
How? If your brakes feel gritty, clean the pads with a rag and degreaser; replace pads if the grooves are worn more than 50 percent compared with new pads. Calipers are aligned if the pads are equidistant from the rim.
On your next ride: You won't go to grab the levers only to roll right through the stop sign at the bottom of the hill.

Tires

Check for: Low tire pressure, embedded glass, slices in the tire or sidewall
How? Inflate tires to proper pressure, and carefully remove embedded debris with tweezers. A cut tire or sidewall is prone to a blowout and shouldn't be ridden; replace it.
On your next ride: Your chances of flatting will greatly decrease, and you may have prevented a nasty midride blowout.

Seat Bag

Check for: Supplies you may have depleted on your ride
How? If you used something during a ride, replace it so it's there for the next ride. If your spare tube has been in there for a while, give it a quick inspection to make sure it's still intact.
On your next ride: You'll have a spare tube and CO2 cartridge to lend to the guy who didn't follow this postride checklist.

Cleats

Check for: Loose bolts and overall wear
How? Worn-out cleats won't engage as crisply. You'll know when they've just plain quit on you, then it's time for new cleats. Bolts can loosen over time. If your cleat isn't secure to your shoe, tighten the bolts.
On your next ride: Your foot won't pop out without warning, and you won't tumble to the ground because you couldn't disengage your cleat.

Frame

Check for: Cracks, especially at the joints
How? Using a rag and bike polish, wipe dirt and moisture from your frame. Look for cracks, flaking paint and other irregularities.
On your next ride: You'll either be on your bike because you didn't find a crack, or you'll be on your way to the shop for a pro evaluation. If your carbon frame is cracked, don't mess around. Failure could be catastrophic.

Check out these additional articles to help you prepare for Bike MS!

Basic Bike Maintenance

Learn the Basics of Bike Maintenance, brought to you from our friends at Bicycling Magazine.

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