Safety – Job #1 On The Road

August 25, 2014 Blog, News Comments Off on Safety – Job #1 On The Road

We want to make sure both cyclists and motorists and know the rules of the road for BikeMaine – and in general.  It is your responsibility to know the rules of the road before BikeMaine and to follow them on the ride. Please take a few minutes to review the cycling safety guidelines. Let’s make a great name for ourselves as safe and responsible cyclists, so that Maine communities will continue to welcome BikeMaine riders.

Prior to your arrival in Kittery, we will contact media outlet in the regions in which you’ll be riding during BikeMaine. We will send them two public service press releases — one to remind residents that BikeMaine cyclists will be on area roads between September 12 and 19, and the other to remind motorists how to share the roads safely with cyclists.

In the “safety” press release, we stress the significant aspects of motorist safety. We also explain what motorists can expect from cyclists. We’re telling you, BikeMaine riders, what we told the motorists, so you can behave as they’re expecting. Read what we told area residents to expect from BikeMaine riders.   By making sure motorists in the community and BikeMaine riders are on the same page, we can have a safe and enjoyable ride.

Rules of the Road for BikeMaine 2015

The number one priority of BikeMaine is your safety, which is why we have a few rules we insist you follow:

  • A CPSP or Snell approved bicycle helmet must be worn at all times a rider is on a bicycle. even within the BikeMaine Village.
  • Only bicycles propelled exclusively by human power are allowed to participate.
  • Beware of and yield to vehicular traffic.
  • Bicycle trailers and child seats are not permitted.
  • Cross railroad tracks at a right angle.
  • Two water bottles (or equivalent) are encouraged.
  • The use of rearview mirrors is recommended as a safety measure.
  • By Maine law, bicyclists are operators of vehicles and must comply with all traffic laws. BikeMaine reserves the right to expel any participant who does not ride in a safe and lawful manner. Riders who violate safety laws in the Maine motor vehicle code are also subject to citation by law enforcement officials.
  • The BikeMaine course is open from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Course support vehicles and other support services are available only during course hours. Any cyclist(s) still on the course after 4:30 PM will be offered a ride to that day’s BikeMaine Village; if you choose not to take it, you are on your own to get into camp. No course support services will be available for those who choose to stay out on the course after 4:30 PM.
  • Riders electing to extend their daily ride by doing the additional mapped loop must be on the loop by 2:30 p.m.
  • The course will be clearly marked. If you leave the official course, you are not part of the monitored route and will not be able to receive services or support, if needed.
  • We try to direct as much vehicular traffic as possible off the route. Nevertheless, the tour travels on public roadways. Therefore, ride no more than two abreast (and single file when vehicles are passing). Ride beside a pal only where it is safe to do so, and where you do not block traffic or force other riders to swing far out to pass.
  • Never draft behind a vehicle. Pace lines are prohibited in areas of high vehicle or cyclist traffic, and are limited in size to a maximum of seven riders. Be especially careful at railroad tracks and busy intersections. Course monitors and safety vehicles may be stationed in areas of special concern.
  • Call “ON YOUR LEFT” to alert a rider you intend to pass. The call “CAR BACK” passes the message forward when a vehicle is approaching from behind. Use arm signals to indicate turns. Point out potholes, broken glass and other hazards to those behind you. Signal your intention to stop, and pull off the roadway.
  • Use of iPods and similar musical devices while riding on BikeMaineis prohibited. Safe group riding in an event such as BikeMaine depends on communication between cyclists. iPods interfere with that process and make it difficult for people to hear instructions such as “CAR BACK” and “ON YOUR LEFT.” iPods also make it difficult to hear approaching cars or trucks, negatively impacting the safety of cyclists and motorists.
  • BikeMaine intends to establish a reputation for leaving our campsites, lunch spots, rest stops and course spotless. Please dispose of all trash, recyclables and compostables in the appropriate places.
  • Cyclists must keep the roadway clear when stopping at an event-designated stop or any other location. Please ensure that bicycles are parked off the road and that cyclists do not congregate on the roadways.

BikeMaine includes at least one roadside rest stop each day while on the course and one on the perimeter of the BikeMaine Village– each offering food and beverages. In addition, an assortment of beverages will be available at all meals, including the on-course lunch. Still, it is your responsibility to carry sufficient water and remain properly hydrated. Make sure you drink extra fluids before, during and after the ride to reduce the risk of dehydration. While in the saddle, you should consume an average of one liter of fluid for each hour of riding. Drink before you become thirsty. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already slightly dehydrated. Muscle cramping can also be a sign of dehydration. If at any time you run low on water, signal a SAG van with a “thumbs down” hand sign and ask for a fill-up. Do not be tempted by roadside rivers and


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