Trails Committee/Bike Trails Group hosts community bicycle ride Dec. 6

The San Juan Island Trails Committee/Bike Trails Group is sponsoring a community bicycle ride Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m.

Participants will start at the Friday Harbor High School gym parking lot for a 10- to 12-mile bike ride to False Bay and back to town. Participants will take Blair Avenue to Market Street and then Mullis Street/Cattle Point Road to False Bay Road. The return will be Bailer Hill Road, Douglas Road, San Juan Valley Road to Blair and back to the high school.

The ride is open to adults, teens and families with children.

Remember to wear visible (bright colored) jackets or safety vests and your bicycle helmet. Dress for the weather and plan on a warming ride with a great group of people. Warm up afterward with lunch and hot drinks at the Farmers' Market.

Motorists, remember to share the road. Cyclists, remember to ride single file through town and on the county roads.

The League’s Rules of the Road
— Follow the law – your safety and the image of bicyclists depend on it. You have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Stop at red lights and stop signs. Ride with traffic and use the rightmost lane that heads in the direction you are going.

— Be predictable. Make sure drivers and other cyclists know what you

are doing. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked

cars. Signal your turns, and check behind you before turning or

changing lanes.

— Be visible. Ride where drivers can see you. Use a front white light

and red rear light and reflectors when it is dark or dusk; wear

visible clothing at all times. Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t

ride on the sidewalk.

— Think ahead. Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists are going to do next. Watch for turning vehicles and for opening car doors; ride outside the door zone. Look out for debris, potholes, and utility covers in the road.

— Ride Ready. Make sure you have air in your tires, your brakes are working, and your chain runs smoothly. Carry repair and emergency supplies appropriate to the length of your ride. Wear a helmet.

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