Tips to Keep Safe on the Trail

Tips to Keep Safe on the Trail

At Bicycle Across South Carolina, safety is our #1 priority- on and off the trail. Here are some tips, tricks, and guidelines to help you and your fellow BASC riders stay safe and up on two wheels.

Q: What should I do if I need help on the trail?

A: While on the trail should you find yourself in need of assistance, we urge riders to communicate through the TraqCentral app. The app displays the route(s) and your location.  If needed, you can request assistance with the simple click of a button.  It receives any notifications, including location-specific alerts such as road conditions or weather warnings, and serves a the primary means of communication between riders and the SAG team.

This year our Saftey and Gear Team is comprised of 3 to 4 vehicles equipped with bike supplies such as; inner tubes, floor pumps, tire levers, multi-tool, first aid kits, bottled water. However, please note that BASC is a self-supported ride and we ask that riders come prepared with the necessary equipment and materials.

Download TraQCentral today and pre-register it with Bicycle Across South Carolina here.

If there is an immediate medical emergency we ask that riders call 911, followed by the SAG Team.

Q: How can I keep myself and others around me safe?

A: The mark of a safe and effective cyclist is to show respect for and awareness of the surroundings, including weather, road conditions, and others using the road. We request all riders follow these basic guidelines:

All participants who are mounted on a bicycle shall wear a securely fastened helmet that meets either the US DOT helmet standards or the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard for bicycle helmets. Helmets with the European CEN certification may also be worn by riders while participating in the BASC event. For more information about our helmet policy, please click here.

  • Obey all traffic laws and stop at all stop signs
  • Ride no more than two abreast (Some areas only have room for one rider at a time.)
  • Ride as far to the right of the road as safe to do so
  • Move right and ride single-file when cars are behind you and need room to pass
  • Use appropriate hand and verbal signals when turning or stopping
  • Alert slower riders when you are passing on the left and do not pass on the right
  • Observe whether an intersection is clear before crossing
  • Do not wear headphones while riding
  • Always ride in a safe and predictable manner

We take your safety seriously. Please make sure you are familiar with the above rules and are able to follow them. We won’t compromise the safety of our riders; failure to follow the rules can result in removal from the rides/festival.

Q: What new changes and precautions are being put in place in light of COVID19?

A: We have implemented new protocols that focus on monitoring and dealing with potential COVID-19 cases during the event. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Sanitation stations will be set up at all venues, and rest stops.
  • All BASC Staff will be versed in COVID-19 protocols and contingency plans
    • All BASC staff will also be wearing masks or facials coverings wile in the venue or engaged with guests
  • There will be staggered start times for riders to prevent and congestion around the starting line.
  • Professional cleaning companies will be hired to clean all cabins per State Park protocols
  • Strategic placement of tents and campsites to ensure appropriate and safe social distancing
  • Strategic placement of food and beverage tents to avoid congregating in small areas.
    • This year we will be utilizing predominately smaller tents instead of larger ones to prevent large crowds from forming
    • Food and Drinks will be served by a staff member, there will be no buffet. Most items will be prepackaged or prepared.
      • All vendors and caterers will be required our rules and standards per their contract

We have also budgeted for various materials that will be used to create a safer and more clean environment, such as:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Makes or Facial Coverings
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Touchless Thermometer
  • Bleach

Catch up on some previous blogs…

  • Are you wondering how to navigate the trail… browse through our Navigation Guide, with multiple options to help get you to the finish line.
  • If you’re asking yourself what to pack… check out our Packing Guide.
  • If you’re wondering where to sleep… read more about our Nightly Accommodations.
  • Can’t stay the whole weekend…. what about our 1-Day ride options?

Housekeeping

This year’s ride will take place on October 15th – 18th with 3-Day, 2-Day, and 1-Day ride options. Sign up here!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email Nichole Blevins at nblevins@postandcourier.com.

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