There have been a number of bicycle/car accidents and tragedies this year in the triangle and there are many close calls riders experience each and every week while riding. To encourage safe cycling and to promote positive interactions between bicyclists and drivers, local riders, bike clubs and various organizations will be hosting the Capital Area Ride for Safety (CARS) on September 25th, 2016. This ride will be on Sunday morning roundtrip from Wakefield High School, with a stop in downtown Raleigh at Halifax Mall for refreshments and speakers.
The CARS ride will carry the message across the triangle encouraging bicycling, demonstrate obedience to the law, show proper car/bicycling etiquette, support local tourism, and generate constructive dialogue. The idea is to educate, raise awareness and encourage positive interaction between drivers and bicyclist.
There is a $10 registration fee, and donations are accepted. For the 28.5 mile route, the pace will be strictly 14-15 mph with assistance from the Raleigh Police Department. Riders are welcome to ride to the halfway point, Halifax Mall @ 300 N. Salisbury St, Government Complex and have a ride waiting to return them to Wakefield High School. This is a bicycle ride to publicize awareness about bicycle safety. Key safety messages are:
When passing a bicyclist:
- Slow down
- Look and wait for other traffic
- Change lanes to pass (There is rarely enough room to pass within the same lane)
- Operate in an orderly and predictable manner
- Keep within a single marked lane
- In a narrow lane, ride two abreast (to encourage motorists to use the adjacent lane for passing if your lane is narrow)
For Ride Details – visit event website here
Thanks to Tony Santalucia (Gyros Cycling Club President and Velo4Yellow President); Joe Whitehouse, and Andrew Chan for their leadership as well as the Capital Area Ride for Safety (CARS) Committee in making this event happen.