On Climate Ride events, safety is our #1 priority and we do everything we can to make our trips as safe and fun as possible. Below you will find our safety information for our ride and hike events.
For training tips and information visit the Cycling and Hiking pages using the navigation menu on the left.
Please note: the roads we explore on our biking trips are not closed to traffic, so it's extremely important to ride safely and follow all traffic signs and laws.
Below are rules and guidelines for participating in our Ride events. We will go over this information again during the mandatory Safety Talk at the Ride Start.
- We require that you always wear a helmet when you're on your bike. No exceptions.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and make sensible choices.
- Always ride single-file. No exceptions.
- If there is a serious medical emergency, dial 911. For minor situations, the phone number for ride staff is located on the cue sheet. Please report emergencies to our staff immediately.
- If you need to stop along the road for any reason, pull completely off the pavement and be visible to cars coming from either direction. Do not stop on a curve, at the top of a hill or anywhere you may not be visible to approaching traffic.
- Ride predictably, and in a straight line. Avoid excessive weaving back and forth.
- Stop at all red lights and at all stop signs.
- At the Ride Start, we will let riders go in blocks of 10-15 so that we aren't all together in one large group. Please be extra cautious during the first 5 miles of Day 1 until riders are more spread out and you get your bearings.
- You will be give cue sheets (directions) that list every turn and mileages on the route. Follow these, and not any GPS devices, in order to stay on route. Each turn is marked with signage to lower the possibility of getting lost. You will also be given a map clip to attach the cue sheet to your handle bar. The cue sheets also include emergency contact information if needed.
- Communicate with your fellow cyclists and alert them with standard biking terms like 'Car back!' and 'On your left!' Point out hazards in the roadway to cyclists behind you.
- Be a conscious cyclist. Do not engage in "road rage" with vehicles on the road or other cyclists. Practice patience and take deep breaths if situations occur on the road.
- Cooperate with ride leaders and staff at all times.
- Drink lots of water, eat lots of snacks, and wear sunscreen.
- Have your ID, cash, and insurance info with you at all times.
- Support vehicles will patrol the route. You can stop a support vehicle for assistance, for food/water, or to shuttle to the next stop. Support vehicles carry extra snacks, water, sunscreen, bike tools, first aid, and other supplies.
- Our leader staff has comprehensive information on local hospitals, police, fire, and other important emergency information. All of our leader staff is required to have current certifications in CPR/First Aid/AED, with many of them holding advanced certifications like Wilderness First Responder. We will have a designated first aid vehicle, as well as a first aid table set up in camp. Both the vehicle and table are well-stocked with first aid supplies.
- We do not give out medication, including over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, Benadryl, or acetaminophen. Please bring your own supplies or ask your fellow cyclists.
- We will have several bike mechanics that patrol the route during the day and provide assistance to participants on the road. They carry spare tubes, tires, and other general bike parts. If your bike has specific or hard-to-find parts, please bring extras with you to the ride. Before coming on our cycling trips, you should know the basics of bike repair including how to change a tire. The mechanics will also set up a bike station in camp for repairs in the evening and morning. We do not charge for bike repair services, but you are responsible to pay for all bike parts used to repair your bike. You can use cash or credit card.
Our hiking events are led by expert guides that will go over specific and special wilderness safety guidelines before the trip departs and on-going as necessary during the trip. Safety considerations change based on the day’s conditions and the length and difficulty of each day’s hike.