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Links to Other Organizations
- Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition
- Marin County Bicycle Coalition
- Napa Bicycle Coalition
- California Bicycle Coalition
- California Association of Bicycle Organizations (CABO)
- Santa Rosa Cycling Club
- Petaluma Wheelmen
- How to fit your bike helmet (DOT)
- Sonoma County Bike Trail Map
- Council on Aging Services for Seniors
Bike Safety Tips
View MCBC’s new and unique “Ride Right” video on the top techniques for safe group cycling
- Always wear a snug-fitting helmet. It can save your life.
- Always carry water if you’re going on a long ride.
- Don’t assume motorists can see you. Wear bright clothes to make yourself more visible.
- Always ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic. Motorists are not expecting oncoming bike traffic.
- A bicycle is subject to vehicle traffic laws. Follow the same rules, signs, signals and pavement markings that you would driving a car.
- Keep at least four feet between you and any car, including parked cars with doors that might unexpectedly open.
- To turn left, you can either merge with the car traffic turning left or walk your bike across the crosswalks.
- Use hand signals. Point left to turn left and point right to turn right.
- Avoid sudden swerves.
- Watch the road for potholes and drainage grates.
- If you’re new to biking, practice on quiet, familiar streets until you feel confident to attempt urban traffic.
Glossary of Cycling Terms
Like most sports, cycling features unique terminology. Below is a list of a few of the most commonly used words and phrases in the sport of competitive cycling.
A sudden attempt to get away from another rider
When a rider tries to get in the way of other riders, usually done as part of a team strategy to slow down the main field when other team members are ahead in a breakaway
Known as “hitting the wall” in marathon running, this is when a rider completely runs out of energy
A rider of group of riders who have separated themselves ahead of the main pack
- Bridge the Gap
When a rider or group of riders is attempting to reach a group farther ahead
Riders who are attempting to “bridge the gap” to catch the lead group
A multi-lap event on a course usually a mile or less in length and of medium total distance, usually 25-75 miles
Riding closely behind another rider, which creates a slipstream, or air pocket. The lead rider expends up to 30 percent more energy than the following rider does
To leave another rider or riders behind by attacking. Losing contact with the group in which they are riding will drop fatigued riders