Safety, Etiquette and Support

Please help us in our efforts to keep The Prouty™ safe and familiarize yourself with safety and etiquette guidelines for your chosen event.

CYCLE THE PROUTY SAFETY & ETIQUETTE

The Prouty™ is not a race so there is no reason to compromise your safety, the safety of other participants, or motorists. Furthermore, cyclists share the same responsibilities as motor vehicles. We encourage all participants to be familiar with the "rules of the road" and that includes state laws associated with cycling. In particular, VT and NH cycling laws clearly state that all cyclists must ride to the right side of the road as practical and must not impede the normal movement of traffic on laned roadways...it's the law!

We want you to enjoy your Prouty experience and come back again and again to help fight cancer, however, you do have a responsibilty to participate in a safe and lawful manner.  

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED: All cyclists participating in The Prouty are required to wear a suitable helmet this is not optional!

HEADPHONES ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THIS EVENT: Participant are prohibited from wearing headphones due to the nature of this event to do so would be to compromise the safety of yourself and others.

PASS CYCLISTS ON THE LEFT: When passing a rider, call out “ON YOUR LEFT and ALWAYS pass on the left. Never attempt to pass on the right!

OBEY ALL POSTED TRAFFIC SIGNS: Contrary to popular belief, The Prouty™ does not file for a Competitive Race Permit. As a result, all riders must obey traffic signs and signals it’s the law!

RIDE SINGLE FILE TO THE FAR RIGHT: “Persons riding two or more abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable flow of automobile traffic.” (NH. Law RSA265:144V)

ALLOW CARS TO PASS NO MORE THAN (10) RIDERS PER GROUP: Limit pace line drafting to (10) riders, this allows motorists the ability to safely pass.

BE VISIBLE & WEAR A HELMET: NH state law requires a headlight and red reflector when riding before sunrise. Additionally, helmets are REQUIRED!

FOLLOW DESIGNATED PROUTY ROUTES: Besides not having roadside assistance and signage, riders unknowingly can cause two-way bike traffic on roadways which may not be able to support it safely.

KEEP BIKE LANE CLEAR: If stopping roadside is absolutely necessary, quickly move completely off the roadway. Don’t force riders into the travel lane of motorists.

DRAFTING: If you’re not familiar with proper drafting techniques don’t attempt to join a group for the first time at The Prouty™. Performed incorrectly, drafting can be dangerous and should be executed by experienced riders only.

BE PREPARED TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER CYCLISTS: Basic riding courtesies apply during The Prouty™. Plan to inform other riders of the following:

  • Use hand signals and voice commands when turning, slowing or stopping.
  • Point at and call out any road hazards: potholes, glass, rail road crossings, etc.
  • When passing a rider, on their left, call out “On your left”; do not pass on the right!
  • Give a loud verbal caution to other riders when a car is approaching from the rear by yelling “Car Back” or “Car Up” when a vehicle is ahead.

Safe cycling is no accident. For your part, riders are expected to ride in a safe, responsible, and respectful manner.

KIDS AND CYCLING SAFETY AT THE PROUTY

  • Wear a Helmet: A Prouty and state law requirement for kids.
  • Be Predictable: Ride in a straight line with no sudden stopping.
  • Ride to the Right: Stay to the far right, allowing others to pass.
  • Passing Kids: Never assume that kids see or hear you.
  • Tag-a-long Bike Trailers . . .
  • Don’t overload the trailer with multiple kids or a dog;
  • Have the bicycle and trailer tuned up with extra attention given to the brakes;
  • Ride slowly and in control at all times, especially on a downhill descent
  • Cyclists warm up rapidly, kids in trailers not so much. Dress them appropriately!

 

CYCLE THE PROUTY ROAD ALTERATIONS:

  • Lyme, NH - Four-way Stop: The Prouty will again have a four-way stop in effect at the intersection of Rte. 10 and East Thetford Road. All riders must be prepared to stop. 
  • Lyme, NH - River Road in Lyme: Cyclists will not be able to naivgate through the barricaded section of River Road due to the road closure. Navigate around the closure is possible by taking Shoestrap Road, however, it is a maintained gravel road. 
  • Fairlee, VT: The quarter-mile section of the "Fairlee Ledges" will again be a 'NO PASSING ZONE' for automobiles and cyclists. Once you have cleared the coned section please allow automobiles to pass

 

ROVING SUPPORT VEHICLES & BIKE SAG TECHS:

Ensure your success while participating in The Prouty by having your bicycle in the best mechanical condition possible. Plan to carry spare tubes with you in case you have a flat tire . . . even if you’ve never changed a tire yourself. You can be sure that a willing participant will stop to help you get back on the road, as long as you have a spare tube!

Prouty roving support vehicles are assigned to all segments of the bike route and are capable of rendering basic medical and bike repair assistance. All roving support vehicles display large Prouty magnetic door signs and/or flags.

In the event of a mechanical bike failure, expect to be transported to the nearest bike SAG where local area bike shops are stationed.

Questions While on Route: Call the Prouty Incident Command Center at (603) 646-1593. This phone number is listed on your event bike plate.

Reporting Medical Emergencies: Dial 911 directly without delay. Make yourself visible helping to detour bicycles and or vehicle traffic as needed. If you choose to render first aid, do so only to the extent of your training. When appropriate, call the Prouty Incident Command Center at (603) 646-1593 with the participant’s bike plate number and nature of incident.

Medical Support: EMTs are stationed at each bike SAG and have direct communication capabilities with Emergency Services or the Prouty Incident Command Center. While at the Prouty venue, medical personnel are available at the Prouty medical tent. As needed, please plan to bring needed medication to.

 

Prouty Inclement Weather Planning & Lightning Safety

As part of the Prouty’s Inclement Weather Planning we’ve coordinated the use of numerous emergency shelters along the bike route(s) in the event of severe weather to include lighting. Please refer to your bike map for the locations of the emergency shelters.

Monitoring the Weather: On the day of the event, the Prouty Emergency Operation Center (EOC) monitors numerous weather radars and websites continuously throughout the day.

Event Communications & Weather Updates: The Prouty is fortunate to have the support of Ham Radio Operators that have the ability to communicate up and down the Connecticut River Valley corridor. If severe weather has been detected the Prouty’s EOC can initiate some of the following contingency plans:

- Contact Prouty Aid Stations with routine or severe weather updates

- Contact participants via text or email with need to know event updates and advisories

- Close or collapse a route to avert participants based on pending weather

- Coordinate the opening/closing of an emergency shelter

- Dispatch buses as needed to pick-up participants at an Aid Station or shelter.

Emergency Shelters & Suspending/Resuming of Activities: The Prouty EOC in conjunction with Aid Station Volunteers will monitor conditions and determine when to suspend/resume activities and direct participants/volunteers to shelters accordingly. Once suspended, activities should not resume until 30-minutes have passed since the last lighting strike with a flash-to-bang less than 30-seconds.

Lighting Safety: When lighting roars, get indoors - don’t wait, as lighting often strikes in advance of rain. When a participant is not in close proximity to a shelter, they should seek shelter in an area business, sturdy building, or home.

WALKING THE PROUTY

Safety is no accident. For your part, walkers are expected to participate in a safe, responsible, and respectful manner. For The Prouty’s part, you can expect to be well supported by seasoned EMT’s provided by the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team at each of the full SAGs to provide medical assistance. Additionally, bike-mounted safety patrols will patrol both the wooded and residential walks and are equipped to render first aid or to call for further medical assistance.

  • Emergency Contact: The Prouty™ will have four ambulance service companies on standby during the event. In the event of an emergency call 911. If you have any questions while on route contact The Prouty Incident Command Center at (603) 646-1593.
  • Sidewalks: Residential walkers are expected to utilize sidewalks when available. When sidewalks are not available, please remember to walk on the left side of the roadway (unless directed otherwise) facing oncoming automobile traffic.
  • Crosswalks: Look both ways before crossing any street and obey all posted traffic signs. Be predictable by making use of all designated crosswalks and crossing lights whenever they are available.
  • Be Visible: Wear bright colored clothing, even during the daytime.
  • 3pm route assistance ends: Participants are free to start on their own being mindful that SAG support ends at 3:00pm; and you will need to return to the Prouty venue by 4pm. Timed checkpoints will be in effect to help return late-day walkers, please plan accordingly.
  • SAG Closing Times: Please pay particular attention to the closing times of each SAG stop on your designated route and plan your trip accordingly. This is especially important to those walkers who are combining multiple routes together.
  • Sun Screen: Bring plenty of sunscreen for you and family members.
  • Water Bottles: Remember to bring your own water bottle and stay hydrated throughout the day utilizing the many water stops available to you.
  • Insect Repellent: Wooded walkers should plan on bringing insect repellent and as a precaution, remember to check for ticks at the end of the day.
  • Emergency Shelters & Lightning Safety:When lighting roars, get indoors - don’t wait, as lighting often strikes in advance of rain. When a participant is not in close proximity to a shelter, they should seek shelter in an area business, sturdy building, or home.

 

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