Riding Safe General Tips.

Your safety is our #1 priority. Please follow the tips and guidelines below to ensure a safe and fun day for everyone participating in ESR Long Island.

Helmets required.

In order to ride, you must have a properly fitting helmet.

No headphones.

Your ears need to be open so you can remain attentive to your surroundings.

Bring your phone.

A fully charged phone is an important safety tool, so please ensure you have it secured to you during the ride.


Remember to drink water before you get thirsty and to bring water with you during the ride. Water will also be provided at each rest stop.

Passing riders.

When riding your bike, always ride to the right unless you are passing a slower cyclist. If you wish to pass them on the left, call out, “on your left!” and use your bell as your approach and pass.

Riding in groups.

When riding in groups, ride no more than two abreast and single file on narrow roads. Traveling in groups of more than two riders side by side makes it difficult for cars and other riders to pass safely.

Give yourself space.

Put plenty of space between you and the rider in front of you, in case of emergency braking or bike malfunction.


Obey all traffic signals and use both verbal and physical commands when you turn, slow or stop.

No infants.

New York State prohibits taking a child under 12 months on a bicycle ride. Helmets are not available for infants and they cannot be safely secured in a bicycle child seat, trailer, sidecar or any other carriers.

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Need more cycling tips?

If you are not that familiar with common situations that may arise when riding a bicycle on public roads, we can help! Check out these videos on everything from traffic laws to shifting gears that will keep you safe and knowledgeable!

Prepare yourself for a successful ride by checking:

Air pressure.

Squeeze your tires to make sure they are not in need of air.


Your chain should be lubricated and not rusty or dry.


Make sure your breaks are on tight enough and not squeaking because they are too tight.

Our partners.

We encourage you to get your bike inspected for safety at one of our bike shop partners near you. They will be able to inspect, upgrade and tune up your bike in time for your ride.

Check back for more bike partners coming soon!

417-B S Oyster Bay Rd.
Plainview, NY, 11803

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Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263​


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