Important Route Safety Information
While we love having a fun and great time, the continued growth of our ride year after year requires your help to make sure that you and your fellow riders get safely down to Atlantic City.
In order to continue the great time along our ride, PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW all of our safety tips below.
Traffic Safety Information
The Irish Pub Children’s Foundation believes that the annual Tour De Shore can boast about its safety record with the help of our cyclists and the assistance that we receive from the local police departments along our 65-mile route. This year is no different than the past 28 years. We are asking that you will continue to ride in a safe and courteous manner. As always, please look out for the safety of your fellow riders.
VERY IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT A CLOSED COURSE. You will be sharing the road with other vehicles. The motoring public does not always share in your enthusiasms and efforts during the Tour de Shore. Drivers do not know how to react to cyclists. Please be aware of vehicles around you.
Mother Nature and New Jersey road surfaces are not always friendly to us either- both of which we cannot control. We will continually monitor the road condition and press the authorities to make needed repairs (sometimes our requests fall onto deaf ears – but we will give it our best effort.)
As you read on, refresh yourself with some common sense rules and laws of the roadway. Together we can together make this a safe ride.
On the Road
- THIS IS NOT A CLOSED COURSE. Please be aware of the cars on the road.
- Make sure to ride in a single file. You are sharing the road with cars.
- The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists.
- Obey all traffic control devices – especially the police officers and fireman assisting with traffic. They are there for your safety.
- Always wear a properly fitting helmet. It not only keeps you safe, it is the law.
- Alert other riders of upcoming road hazards. This can be done with pointing and saying the hazard you see, such as “gravel” “pothole” etc.
- Give yourself ample room to maneuver in the event of an emergency.
- Do not use your cell phone while riding.
- The use of headphones is PROHIBITED on the route.
- YIELD TO ALL EMERGENCY VEHICLES!!!!! Move to the right to allow them to pass. Look and listen for lights and sirens!
Communicate well in advance. Use gestures in combination with verbal commands.
- LEFT TURN: Left arm straight out
- RIGHT TURN: Right arm straight out
- “ON YOUR LEFT”: Rider approaching your left side. Ride steadily and allow room to pass
- “CAR BACK”: Car approaching from the rear
- “GRAVEL/POTHOLE/SAND/TRACKS”: Combined with pointing, alerts other cyclists to hazardous road conditions
- “SLOWING/STOPPING”: Cyclist is slowing or stopping. May be combined with turning palm of hand toward people riding behind.
Ride on the Right
- Always ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Keep as far right as safely possible. NEVER ride in the opposite lane of travel! Again, this is not a closed course. You are sharing this with thousands of pounds of motor vehicles.
- Slower moving cyclists stay to the right.
- If you are overtaking a cycle – CLEARLY announce your intentions. Make sure to say “On your left”.
- Ride in the right third of the lane if there is not sufficient room for lane sharing.
WHAT NOT TO DO:
- Ride in a single file. AGAIN, this is not a closed course. You will be sharing the road with cars.
- Ride in a straight line.
- Don't swerve in the road or between parked cars.
- Check for traffic before entering a street or intersection.
- Anticipate hazards and adjust your position accordingly.
- NEVER cross into on coming traffic lanes.
WHAT DO TO:
Hazards – YOU ARE RIDING IN NEW JERSEY!
- If a lane narrows ahead or is blocked by any motor vehicle, establish your position in traffic early.
- Use extra caution when riding where glass and other trash accumulate on the roadway.
- Grates and gutter pans should be avoided by positioning yourself away from them.
- POT HOLES ARE EVERYWHERE! Always be on the lookout and alert others!
TRAFFIC SIGNALS, SIGNS AND POLICE OFFICERS - Obey, Obey, Obey!
- Cyclists, just like motorists, must obey all traffic control devices – that means all traffic signals, stop and yield signs.
- It takes longer to travel through an intersection on bike; plan to stop for yellow lights.
- Avoid cars that run red lights by waiting for the signal to turn green and scan to make sure it's clear - AGAIN, REMEMBER YOU ARE IN NEW JERSEY!
- FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS OF ALL POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREMEN DIRECTING TRAFFIC.
Beware of Blind Spots
- Most drivers do not always expect to see cyclists on the roadway.
- Do not ride next to another vehicle unless you are in a different lane or passing.
- Be cautious of bigger cars with mirrors that stick out further than expected. They have been known to strike cyclist.
- If you can't see the mirrors on a bus, truck or car, then drivers cannot see you.
Signaling a Turn
- Signal well before the intersection; make sure you are in proper lane position.
- Left arm out and down with palm to the rear to indicate stopping
- Left or right arm straight out to indicate left or right turn
- Constant identification of potential hazards in front and behind as well as to each side.
- Scanning allows you to avoid dangerous situations before they happen.
- Scan for motorists, road conditions, pedestrians, animals, traffic signals.
- We will have roving support vehicles throughout the whole course to assist with bike problems.
- It is still helpful to bring tools and parts to deal with mechanical failures, which can leave you stranded.
- Water, food, sunscreen, and first aid all are suggested.
Need a Break?
- Utilize all Rest Stops! They are there for you! They are staffed by people who have VOLUNTEERED to help you. Use them and tell them how much you appreciate them!
- Water, Gatorade, fruit and small snack will be provided at all rest stops.
- For your safety at all rest stops, be sure to use the designated in and outs at each rest stop.
- If you are having difficulty finishing the ride, we have support vehicles that will move you to the next rest stop or take you down to Atlantic City.
- They are there for you too. They are driven by people who have VOLUNTEERED to help you. Use them and tell them how much you appreciate them!
- Personal support vehicle are strictly prohibited and will not be permitted to enter into any Rest Stop
Special Notes for Riding in Groups
- Say "stopping" if you have to brake hard in a group of cyclists, rather than using a hand signal.
- Don't follow too closely (draft). This is extremely unsafe and is not permitted on this route.
- Pull completely off the road or path (especially) if you have to stop.
- Ride single file on busy paths and on roads with wide lanes that can be shared by a bike and a passing car. Once again, the ride is not a closed course.
OFF THE ROAD BY 1:30 PM!!!
- We didn't make this rule, but we must enforce it. We will be pushing everyone along to get you across the finish line in Atlantic City by 1:30 pm. If you feel you can’t make it, notify any support staff and you will be assisted. Put your pride and ego aside- you did a great job getting as far as you did!
Any questions contact:
Sgt. Wayne Bonfiglio
Berlin Twp Police, NJ
IPCF TDS Route Safety Director
All of our rest stops are stocked with water, gatorade, fruit and snacks. We also have first aid and bike shop support set up at each rest stop should you have any issues with your bike along the way. Please make sure to see one of our certified bike shops prior to the ride to receive your bike safety certification. To learn more about this, please click here.
REST STOP 1
FOP Lodge 56
235 Pine Ave
REST STOP 2
550 S. Egg Harbor Rd
REST STOP 3
Key Rec Field
Duerer and Buffalo Intersection
Egg Harbor City, NJ
REST STOP 4
Galloway Municipal Complex
300 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd
Thank you to all of our volunteers who station each rest stop.
Please remember all of these locations are being donations and everyone at these rest stop are volunteering their time.
PLEASE DO NOT LITTER AND MAKE SURE TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF BEFORE YOU BEGIN RIDING AGAIN. PEASE BE RESPECTFUL.
In order to get every rider safely into Atlantic City, we need all riders to be finished the ride by 1:30pm. Please see our time table below to ensure you will complete the ride in enough time.
Start Riding – 7:00 a.m. (17.22 miles to Rest Stop #1)
Rest Stop #1 – arrive by 8:34. (16.38 miles to next Rest Stop)
Rest Stop #2 – arrive by 10:03. (9.3 miles to next Rest Stop)
Rest Stop #3 – arrive by 10:54. (10.32 miles to next Rest Stop)
Rest Stop #4 – arrive by 11:50. (11.78 miles to ATLANTIC CITY!)
Arrive in Atlantic City – (65 miles!) 1:30 p.m. SHARP!
*IF you arrive by set time, you have 8 minutes to refuel in order to promptly make it to the next Rest Stop. (Pace estimated at 11 mph)
Tour de Shore Map and Cue Sheet
*Changes this year*
1. Due to construction on 20th Street at the start of the ride, we will be headed EAST ON WALNUT STREET, make a LEFT ON 19th STREET, make a RIGHT ON MARKET STREET and then we are back on our route.
2. We previously stated that we would be returning to our 2015 route because construction on Tansboro Road was complete. We were just informed the construction is not finished, so we will be following THE SAME ROUTE FROM 2016.
Map My Ride
We created a MapMyRide route of the Irish Pub Tour de Shore. Follow the instructions below to download the route on your phone.
If you do not have a MapMyRide account:
- Download the MapMyRide App from the App Store on your phone.
- Create an account with you email and information (This is free unless you choose to pay for the MVP membership, which is not required)
Once you have a MapMyRide account & the MapMyRide app on your phone:
- Open the Irish Pub Tour de Shore 2017 link: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1693789457 (If this opens the route on the internet instead of the app, click "open" on the top right corner to open it in the MapMyRide app)
- Press the blue star in the top right corner to bookmark the route. (This is important to be able to find the route later)
- Press the "do it" button in the top right corner to show the route as a workout
- "Start workout" to use the route on the app. Warning: This will use up a lot (if not all) of your battery and data if you trackyour workout for the entire ride.
- The Irish Pub Tour de Shore route will be saved in your account under "Routes" you can access it at any time by clicking on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner, which will open a list of pages. Select "routes" and you will find the Tour de Shore Route under "Bookmarked"