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. Click here to Register now! This Sunday morning ride starting at 9am from Wakefield High School will be a 14-mile one-way ride to Halifax Mall or a 28-mile loop with assistance by the Raleigh Police Department along the way and at the intersections. A shorter (4-5 mile) option starts at the Lynwood Brewery. Enjoy refreshments, socialize, and hear from a few statewide and Triangle-area elected officials, advocates and safety experts at 10am as we utilize the rest stop at Halifax Mall. Click here for more information.
The CARS ride aims to promote the need to educate, raise awareness and encourage positive interaction between motorists and bicyclists. Proceeds will benefit BikeWalk NC’s safety education work.
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 be 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, demonstrate compliance with the laws of the road, show proper car/bicycling etiquette, and generate constructive dialogue.. 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, consider riding two abreast (to encourage motorists to use the adjacent lane for passing if your lane is narrow)
- Bicycles are vehicles like cars, trucks and motorcycles and must follow all the rules and laws of the road
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 rest of the Capital Area Ride for Safety (CARS) Committee and volunteers in making this event happen.