If there's one thing that Portland does well, it's participating in outdoor events. Organized bicycling is one way to get a community to come together and experience the outdoors, but it does pose some risks when you head into the city. There are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe on your trip.
First, think about what it takes to stay safe on the roads. Most of the time, these organized rides are on rural roads, but even that poses risks. Remember that drivers may not see you come around a bend or might not give you as much space as you need, forcing you off the road. To help prevent this, ride in pairs in the lane, and pull to the side if a driver wants to go around you. Keep all other cyclists around you in your sights and watch out for oncoming traffic.
A mirror can help you stay informed about what's coming up behind you. They come in a number of sizes and shapes. Most mount to handle bars, but some mount to helmets or even to eyeglasses.
Communication is key in a group. If someone in the back of the group sees a car is passing, he or she should let the others know. If a car is coming toward you, the rider in the front should pass back the message.
Keeping these tips in mind can help you stay safe. If you are struck by a car, stay at the scene and wait for help to arrive. Your attorney can help you file a claim after you receive medical help. Our website has more information about accidents and what to do when you're hurt.