DARIEN, Conn. -- May is National Bike month. Are you ready to ride?
The Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club , a Darien-based group of recreational riders, offers the following "on the trail" safety suggestions:
- Ride on open trails only. Respect trail and road closures and avoid possible trespass on private land. Stay on existing trails and do not create new ones.
- Leave no trace of your presence. Be sensitive to the trails you ride. You should not ride under conditions where you will leave evidence of your passing.
- Control your bike. Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.
- When encountering hikers head on, stop and pull over. If approaching from the rear, greet them, or sound a bell, then pass.
- Never spook animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. Disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.
- Plan ahead. Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding. Carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet!
- Get involved with trail maintenance by using your spare time to clean up and repair the trails you ride.
A new member ride will be held Sunday. Go to the website here for more information.
The group is also participating in the 38th annual Bloomin Metric on May 31. The ride, which supports Hope in Motion for Stamford Hospital's Bennett Cancer Center and NE Community Cycles, starts and ends at Westport's Sherwood Island State Park.
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