A couple of things to keep you safe on Saturday's ride....
There are likely to be a lot of cyclists at Peirce Mill this weekend so keep your eyes open. Not everyone is particularly polite or safe while riding so just look out for people going too fast and/or out of control. Stay to the right, use turn signals or verbally announce your intentions (i.e., "slowing," "runner/biker up," "turning," "stopping," etc.) and be sure to POINT OUT POTHOLES. The winter took a tough toll on the roads and there are lots of dangerous potholes out there. And never ride over storm drains.
Also, some of you are still getting used to your clipless pedals. Don't worry, you are not alone. Please let a volunteer know tomorrow morning if you are having concerns and we'll do our best to help you out. My advice when getting used to riding with clipless pedals is to clip out early, early, early. Anytime you are approaching a stop sign or anything requiring a stop, clip out well before you come to a stop so that you've got a chance to get it out before it's too late. While you're on the safer roads of the park, get rolling and practice clipping in/out of your pedal as you're riding at a comfortable speed. Do it 3-5 times in a row per foot. If you take a spill don't feel embarrassed, we've all been there!
Make sure that if you are going to start clipping in/out of your pedal that there isn't someone right behind you and riding your wheel.
I hope that helps. Be safe out there! Let us know if you have any questions.
There are also a lot of runners, bike groups, mothers with babies on strollers, and pets on leashes in Rock Creek during the weekends. If a biker or an occassional car approach you from behind, don't make any sudden moves :) Just casually move toward the right hand side if you can. The faster bikers will always find a way to go around you. If you make sudden moves, they will not know what you are doing and accidents will happen.
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