Rider Safety

Rules of the Road & Safety Tips

The Basics
The Ride to Defeat ALS occurs on roads open to motor vehicle traffic. Please use extreme caution and obey all rules of the road.

Always wear a helmet. If you think you look silly in a helmet, don’t worry, there will be hundreds of others looking silly right there with you.

Please remember to call out "on your left" when passing another rider.

Rules of the Road
Bicycles are considered vehicles by Massachusetts Law.  This gives cyclists the right to share the road with motor vehicles. As such, anyone riding a bicycle must follow the traffic laws. Being predictable makes the road safer for everyone.

Safety Plan

Contacts in an Emergency
In an emergency dial 911.  If there’s some doubt, please dial 911. Minor issues that need basic first aid or requests for mechanical assistance can be addressed at rest stops or by hailing a SAG wagon with a "thumbs down" signal.

Safety on the Route
Event staff, ride monitors and SAG wagons will patrol the route during the Ride to Defeat ALS.  These volunteers are trained in cycling safety and can provide pointers to participants. Ride monitors and SAG wagons will also be in communication with event staff throughout the day.  The ALS Association reserves the right to eject a participant from the event for flagrant safety violations.

SAG Support
SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles will be on the route to aid riders through the course of the day. If you need mechanical aid or assistance, flag the SAG vehicle by giving it the "thumbs down" signal, indicating you want them to stop. If you have a small mechanical or first aid need, they may be able to assist. If the need is greater, they can help transport you and your bike off the route to the next rest stop.

Rest Stops
Rest stops are located along the route. There will be snacks, water, energy drinks, medical support, and mechanical support at each stop. Rest stops are an integral part of keeping a ride safe. Riders who keep hydrated and eat right make better decisions on the road.

Beginning and Advanced Cycling

The League of American Bicyclists has great tips for riding on the road!