This past Sunday, September 16, NYBC’s Deputy Education Director, Tom Polk, provided bicycle education to more than 400 riders to riders on the Orange County “Country Roads” annual ride in the Lower Hudson Valley. 

camel OC
Tom’s bike education presentation covered the five Rules of the Road from the League of American Bicyclists: 

  • FOLLOW THE LAW: Your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and responsibilities as. drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
  • BE PREDICTABLE: Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
  • BE CONSPICUOUS: Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.
  • THINK AHEAD: Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
  • RIDE READY: Check that your tires are sufficiently inflated, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.

In addition to riders, a camel was also in attendance. The camel, featured on the Orange County Bike Club jersey and website, lives on a sanctuary in Orange County, which was one of the recipients of funds from the ride.