Tour de Vineyards is conducted on open roads where vehicular traffic may be present. These roads include both marked and unmarked hazards.We encourage everyone to have a photo ID on your person (this will be required to sample wine at the festival in the park). Please do not drink and ride. Though we go to great lengths to make the event as safe as possible, you are only as safe as you ride. Always remember that your safety is in your own hands and ride by these rules:

  • Beware of and yield to vehicle traffic.
  • Ride as far to the right as possible. Only ride two abreast when the shoulder is wide enough.
  • Obey traffic laws, signs and signals.
  • All participants must wear a helmet.
  • Beware of rumble strips – ride to the right.
  • Bicycle trailers and child seats are not permitted.
  • Be predictable. Ride in a straight line.
  • No headphones while riding.
  • If you are inexperienced with drafting, do not ride in pace lines.
  • Use hand signals to indicate left or right turns, slowing or stopping.
  • Never assume motorists see you or that you have the right-of-way.
  • Move completely off the road and shoulder when stopped and resting.
  • Warn fellow cyclists of road hazards.
  • Only pass cyclists on their left. When passing, warn cyclists by saying, “On your left.”
  • Cross railroad tracks at a right angle.
  • Rearview mirrors are strongly recommended.
  • Expect the unexpected; your first responsibility is to be safe.

All Tour de Vineyards support and safety services are provided on the designated and marked route ONLY.

First Time Riders – Please Read

• Concentrate first on learning how to ride safely and with endurance.

• Always stretch before and after riding.

• Have your bike in the best mechanical condition possible. A touring or road bike is going to be the easiest to ride and is the most common type found on the ride.

• Safety involves several items. The first is your helmet. DON’T GET ON A BIKE WITHOUT A HELMET. Safety equipment also includes gloves. If you fall they protect the palms of your hands. Riding safely is very important and very difficult to learn. Have a mirror on your helmet or your bike and use it. ALWAYS CARRY AN ID!!!!! DO NOT DRINK AND RIDE-visit the winery’s that you pass and purchase their products after your ride!

• Carry a spare inner tube in case you have a flat. There is “sag wagon” along the route, but chances are you will be waiting as they circle the course assisting riders. Even if you do not have the knowledge to change a tire yourself, someone will be glad to help.

• Ride to the right. Leave room for others to pass on your left. There have been many close calls because a passing rider was forced into the lane with oncoming traffic.

• The greatest threat to your well being on the route is not cars or trucks but other cyclists. Many riders may be riding for the first time surrounded by hundreds of other cyclists. And, while this circumstance promotes a certain euphoria, it also holds hidden dangers, i.e., running into each other and falling down.

• Before you stop, make sure no bicycles or motor vehicles are immediately behind you. Stop at the right edge of the roadway and immediately move off the roadway. Stay clear of the roadway. Stopping is especially dangerous at the crest of a hill or on a curve.

• Call out to fellow cyclists when you are going to pass on the left or right or up the middle, or are pulling off or pulling on.

• Be predictable and don’t weave. Ride in a straight line to make it easier for those riding behind you.

• Don’t draft. Drafting in a crowd is dangerous to yourself and others around you. Drafting vehicles is also dangerous and will not be tolerated.

• Know what the road signs mean.