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Rules of the Road & Safety Tips

The Basics

The Ride to Defeat ALS occurs on roads open to motor vehicle traffic. As on any ride, you must use extreme caution to stay safe and to help keep everyone else safe. At all times:

  • Obey all traffic laws 
  • Wear your helmet
  • Pass other riders only when safe
  • Call out “on your left!” when passing
  • Be courteous, and share the road

Rules of the Road

Bicycles are considered vehicles under Oregon state law. This gives cyclists the right to share the road with motor vehicles. Just as drivers must, anyone riding a bicycle must also follow the law. This way, everyone is predictable-- and being predictable makes the road safer for everyone. Need a refresher? The State of Oregon has an excellent bicycle safety manual that you can review by clicking here.

Safety Plan

SAG Support
SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles will be present on-route to aid riders throughout the event. If you need mechanical aid or assistance, hail 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 on the spot. If your need is greater, they can help transport you and your bike to the next rest stop.

Contacts in an Emergency
In an emergency dial 911. If there’s doubt, there is no doubt: dial 911. Basic first aid and mechanical assistance can be found 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 patrol the route during the Ride to Defeat ALS. These volunteers and staff 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. Please pay careful attention to our on-route safety signage-- these signs are intended to provide safety guidance and warn you of potential hazards. The ALS Association reserves the right to eject a participant from the event for flagrant safety violations.

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.

Helmets are Required