Obeying traffic laws and wearing a helmet are the first steps toward being safe while participating at the Tour of Long Beach. To ensure a consistently safe experience for everyone, it is vitally important that all ride participants be vigilant and deliberately conscious of their surroundings and some of the possible perils that can threaten the safety of each individual as well as the event itself. Safety starts with each of us taking personal responsibility for not only our own behavior on the road, but watching out for our fellow cyclists' safety as well.
Event Safety Guidelines:
Your behavior will affect not only your safety, but the safety of those around you and the perceptions of the communities we ride through. By signing the event waiver, all participants are agreeing to adhere to these guidelines on official training rides and on the event. Violation of any of these rules could jeopardize your participation in this event and future events and the safety of your fellow participants.
Bicycles are vehicles under the California Vehicle Code and you are subject to all the rules and regulations of that code. Obey all traffic laws, traffic signals and signs. Ride as far to the right as is safely possible. Ride defensively, predictably and stay alert. Assume car drivers cannot see you.
- Stop at all stop signs and stop lights without exception. When you are on an official training ride and on the event, you must make an ALC stop, ceasing all forward motion and placing one foot on the ground before proceeding.
- Wear your helmet at all times when on your bicycle. This includes while riding in Rest Stops.
- Ride single file and leave at least one bike length between you and the rider in front of you. No drafting. No pacelines.
- Communicate your intentions. Use verbal alerts to point out potential vehicle hazards. Use hand signals to indicate right turn, left turn, stopping or slowing. Alert others to potential hazards by pointing and/or calling out in a loud, outside voice.
- Look behind you before passing to make sure it is clear. Pass only when it is safe to do so and pass only on the left. When passing, call out loudly, "On your left!"
- Never wear headphones or ear buds while on your bike. The use of cell phones, iPods, mp3 players, radios, walkie talkies, handheld cameras or video cameras, or any other electronic device is prohibited while riding.
- Control your bicycle: Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
- Eat before you feel hungry and drink before you feel thirsty.
- Emergency Procedures: If an accident occurs requiring medical services, call 9-1-1 immediately and direct traffic around the scene. Get the participant's name and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Do not move an injured person if they are unable to move themselves. Notify a medical staff member at the nearest rest stop.
- Be courteous and respectful of others. This ride is on an open course and there will be riders of all levels and non-event riders sharing the path with you.