Before you go out and ride your bike on the road, you need to learn what your state and city traffic laws are. Remember, when you're operating a bicycle on the road you are subject to all the same duties and responsibilities as a motorized vehicle. If you can't find your state's current statutes or city codes give us a call or email and we will do our best to provide you with them.
If you own a home there's a good chance your home owner's insurance covers you while riding your bike. This means if you crash on your own or if you cause a wreck your home owner's insurance will cover you ($1,000 deductible is common). If you plan on riding on the road do the responsible thing and give your insurance agent a call for more information. This also may apply if you are renting a home and have renter's insurance.
We encourage police officers to hand out citations to bicyclists who are not following traffic laws. It's always a good idea to carry a photocopy of your driver's license while riding your bike on the road.
It doesn't matter if you're planning a route for yourself or a group, be sure to use some common sense. Pick roads with low traffic, slower speeds, and be visible.
Respect the Ride Foundation is all about cycling and promoting bicycling as a valid form of transportation. Whether it is on the roadways, or down a trail, we want to ensure bicycling has a healthy future. In order to do this we need to change our frame of mind and remember we are all part of the same community. We need to build a relationship between bicyclists and motorists and encourage respectful trail usage in our parks.
Bicycling has become an increasingly popular activity, which is great, but there has also been an increase in the number of bicyclists involved in traffic accidents or incidents. An overwhelming number of drivers out there have no idea about cycling as a sport, let alone the state traffic laws relating to bicyclists on the roadways.
On the other side of this coin, there are also a number of bicyclists who don’t know their state traffic laws, which means they are not following them. Cars and bicycles are not going anywhere and both need to learn how to respect each other on the road.
It’s always sad to hear when a park decides to close it’s trails to bicycles, especially when mountain biking is one of the best ways to explore the outdoors. Two of the main reasons given for closing a trail normally include the erosion of the trail when ridden in wet conditions and the safety of hikers also using the trail. Even in a sport as closely knitted as mountain biking, there are those who are ignorant to proper trail use and behavior.
Education is the key and the Respect the Ride Foundation wants to help spread the message. We want bicycling to remain part of our culture and way of life. We want to encourage bicycling within the community and be a platform for an innovative approach to the future.
You can help the Respect the Ride Foundation by making a donation of any amount. Your support allows us to improve the transportation in communities and spread our message.
If you have a specific project you want to see done in your community feel free to contact us with the details and we will help you make the proper contacts.
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