Dear Parents and Riders,
We want to assure both parents and riders that safety is our number one priority. We want everyone at the event to have a blast while at the same time making sure all the riders and those around them remain safe. With this safety goal in mind, we wanted to offer the following suggestions and rules of the road.
Choose a route that is achievable. We encourage riders to go the distance, but also want to make sure the event is enjoyable. Suggested routes by age are the 1-mile Kids Loop for ages 3-7 (training wheels are allowed). This route goes along a paved path through the woods and then onto streets that are closed to traffic. Older kids can do more than 1 loop to challenge themselves.
The Challenge Course (5 miles) is recommended for 8-12 year olds, and the Westwood Warriors route (2 times on the Challenge Course) is for experienced riders ages 10 - 15. We suggest that parents help kids think realistically about their ability to ride these distances. The 5 mile route is on the open road, and although there will be adult Ride Chaperones, your child should have the skills necessary to ride safely on the road with car traffic. Below are some specific riding skills your child will need to enjoy the 5 and 10 mile ride. If you're unsure whether your child is ready for these routes, we suggest printing out a copy of our Route map and taking them on a test ride before selecting a route. If you feel that you need to ride along with your child, you will need to register as a volunteer Ride Chaperone. We do not allow unregistered riders on the 6 or 12 mile routes.
-Listen to adult road and ride marshals
-Ride on the side of the road, single file, when cars might be passing
Follow the rules of the road:
-Every rider is required to wear a CPSC or Snell approved bicycle helmet
-Audio devices that use headsets are strictly prohibited
-Obey all traffic laws, including riding single file and coming to a full stop at stop signs
-Always pass on the left
Make sure your equipment is in good condition. Before the ride, check bicycle helmets and bikes. Although, we will have a bike technician at the event, it is better to come prepared.
If you are planning on riding more than 1 mile, get out on the road for some practice rides in the weeks before the PMC Westwood Kids Ride. Click on "bike routes" to see the route.
Remember, the ride is not a race; the ride is a reward for the hard work of raising money for the Jimmy Fund.
Riders will have all the support they need for a safe and fun ride, including:
-Water stops to stay hydrated -Teen Road Marshalls to guide and cheer them on
-Ride Leaders riding along routes (about 1 ride marshal for every 15 kids)
-Vans to pick up riders who need assistance
-First Aid station with certified nurses at the School
Let's work together to ensure a fun and safe event for all as we ride to fight cancer!
Go PMC Kids!