Entergy Bike the Big Easy Safety Tips

Entergy Bike the Big Easy provides riders with a unique experience – Riding through the streets of New Orleans on Closed Roads!  Safety is always our number one concern. Whether you are riding on open or closed roads, we would like to remind you that bikes are vehicles – BE A SMART CYCLIST! Special thanks to our partners Bike Easy for sharing these important safety tips.

Bike the Big Easy Closed Road Event Safety Tips:

  • You MUST wear a helmet.
  • Complete the emergency information label on the back of your bib.
  • Carry photo identification.
  • Do not pass the official pacer. This event is not a race.
  • Ride at safe speeds. Slow down for congestion and hazardous conditions.
  • Ride to the right. Pass to the left.
  • Give a clear signal with your voice when passing a slower rider – call out “on your left.”
  • Use hand signals when turning or stopping.
  • Maintain adequate distance between you and the cyclists around you, especially going downhill.
  • Exercise caution when changing lanes.
  • Obey posted signs, event marshals, New Orleans Police Officers and first responders.
  • Do not block the road. If you need to stop, always move off to the side and do not block others from passing.
  • Be alert at intersections and driveways.
  • Slow down when approaching one of our 2 rest areas (mile 8 & mile 16).
  • Keep at least one hand on the handlebar at all times and remember to cycle defensively. Be prepared for moves by other cyclists.
  • No headphones, cell-phone use, picture taking, or use of mobile devices while riding.

General Open Road Safety Tips:

  • Follow the rules of the road. Cyclists must obey traffic signals and come to a complete stop at stop signs.
  • Ride in the direction of traffic.  Ride a near right as practicable.
  • Respect vehicle and pedestrian right-of-way.
  • Use the Copenhagen Left or Box Turn. At large intersections, do not merge across traffic to make a left turn. Ride through the intersection on the right, stop and turn your bike, and proceed with caution obeying traffic lights.
  • Protect your head. Wear a helmet.
  • Be bright. Use bike lights and reflectors at night – white for the front, red for the back.
  • Be predictable. Use hand signals when you are turning and stopping.
  • Signal a stop. Extend your left arm down.
  • Signal a left turn. Extend your left arm straight out.
  • Signal a right turn. Extend your right arm straight out.
  • Pick your route. Planning ahead can make your ride safer and smoother.

Bag Restrictions:

The following types of bags are prohibited:

  • Backpacks
  • Bags of any type larger than 350 cubic inches
  • Bags smaller than 350 cubic inches

The following types of bags/containers are allowed:

  • Water Bottles
  • Hydration packs
  • Saddle Bags
  • Fanny Packs
  • Bike Baskets