Bike safety is one of our top priorities. Before you join us on the ride, make sure that you understand the rules of the road, how to ride safely, and your rights as a cyclist. No rider is allowed on either the week long or day rides without a CPSC- or ASTM-certified helmet! Helmets purchased at local bike shops will meet this requirement.
While various police and fire departments will help manage the route throughout the week along with volunteers to help direct riders, much of the route will be open road and you’ll be expected to follow traffic laws and proper cycling etiquette.
Make sure you familiarize yourself with basic bike safety and etiquette provided by the League of American Cyclists:
Safety is a top priority on the Empire State Ride. Make you sure you familiarize yourself with our safety rules and regulations so that you and your fellow riders can enjoy a healthy and happy ride week!
Check your gear
Make sure you check that your bike and riding gear is in good working condition a month before the Empire State Ride, and that any necessary repairs have been made before leaving for New York City.
Wear your helmet
Your helmet should be worn at all times while riding, including while riding in camp and at water stops.
No headphones, earbuds or cell phone use
While riding, you need to be able to hear directions and safety warning from staff and volunteers as well as the dialogue of riders around you. Your cell phone is an important safety tool, so be sure to bring it with you.
Make sure you have one or more water bottle cages and water bottles and that they are secure on your bike. Unsecured bottles can fall out of their cage and be a hazard to other riders.
Accidents and emergency situations
In the event of an accident or emergency on the route or in camp, use your cell phone to call 911 and do not move the rider(s). Once your call to 911 is complete, notify Empire State Ride staff of the incident.
For non-emergency incidents such as bike repair or SAG support, Empire State Ride staff contacts will be provided to you.
The Empire State Ride will go on rain or shine. Prepare accordingly for August in New York State. In the event of extreme weather, follow the directions of staff and volunteers and make your way to the nearest severe weather shelter.