Safety and first aid are a top priority of the Hospice Gran Fondo ride committee. The committee, in coordination with local municipalities, the NYSDOT, and local and state law enforcement has created a plan to help protect riders, which includes use of the following:
- Helmets: All riders are required to wear a helmet and have a safe, properly functioning bike. Volunteers from Tom’s Pro Bike and Bert’s Bikes will be checking bikes for proper tire pressure, functioning brakes, and more. Volunteers will also ensure that all riders are wearing helmets.
- SAG Wagons (Support and Gear Wagons): Area bike shops have generously volunteered their services for the Hospice Gran Fondo and will be available for minor roadside repairs such as new wheel inner tubes. Thank you to these generous bike shops for supporting our ride!
- EMT: EMT services are in place at the finish line to quickly respond to any potential emergency situations during the start and finish of the Hospice Gran Fondo. Riders are reminded to call 911 during an emergency situation, however the Hospice Gran Fondo Committee has made arrangements to be able to provide aid where possible.
- Police: County and local law enforcement are used throughout the route and at the post race party to ensure a safe event for all participants. Niagara County Sheriff’s lead the start of the 62 mile ride. Fire Police from several Niagara County Fire Companies are used at high-traffic intersections to help ensure a safe route.
- Volunteers: Volunteers are stationed along the route at many of the busiest intersections to help ensure that riders safely enter and exit intersections.
- Street cleaning: Streets are cleaned immediately prior to the ride. Municipalities have agreed to street sweep their road shoulders and the committee hires a street sweeping service where necessary. Volunteers also drive the route to look for obstacles.
- Race maps: Race maps are available to riders so they are familiar with the route and all turns. MapMyRide is a helpful app that riders can use on their smart phones to help direct them during the ride. MapMyRide links for all the routes are on the About page.
- Race signage and markers: All routes are well marked with roadside signage and arrows on the roads. There is a color coordinated system to help riders of different routes track their individual course. The pre-ride checklist outlines all signage and markers.
- Weather concerns: The Hospice Grand Fondo will go forward, rain or shine. Please prepare to ride with weather conditions in mind. In the event of severe weather, including electrical storms or high winds, fire police, route guides, riding marshals and other ride volunteers will direct you to the nearest safe shelter or pit stop.
Click here for safe shelter locations.