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) again this year – on September 24th, 2017. This Sunday morning ride will be a 28 mile roundtrip loop from Wakefield High School (or a 14 mile one-way option), with a stop midway in downtown Raleigh at Halifax Mall for refreshments and speakers. There will also be a short 4-5 mile loop from Lynnwood Brewery.
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 $20 registration fee, and donations are accepted. Any proceeds will benefit BikeWalk NC’s safety education work. We plan to have 2 rides, with different paces. For the 28.5 mile route, the pace will a 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 (14 mile option). There will also be a 5 mile loop from Lynnwood Brewery to Halifax Mall. 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)
More details, including registration information will be available closer to the date – check here for Ride Details – visit event Facebook page 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.