Refuge International is a compassionate 501(c)3 volunteer organization dedicated to the goal of improving the lives of families and individuals through the collaborative development of sustainable programs in areas where healthcare, adequate nutrition, clean water and education are lacking or non-existent. Refuge International has taken over 100 mission teams to Guatemala. Our volunteers also run a health clinic at Hiway 80 Mission in Longview. Participation helps Refuge continue changing lives…one person…one family…one village at a time.
For more information, please check out the website at www.refugeinternational.com. Riders and runners can register on line or download the application and waiver and mail in. If you or your organization is interested in volunteering to help with the Bike Ride or go on a mission trip, contact us at 903-234-8660.
Here are few guidelines for bike safety for drivers adapted from Bicycle Transportation Alliance:
1. When turning right, make sure you look behind for a bicyclist as bikes can travel quickly and may catch up with you even if you passed them more than a block ago. If you see a cyclist getting close to where you are going to turn, wait and yield to them rather than trying to race ahead of them.
2. When you pass a bicyclist, make sure and pass with plenty of room. Except over a double yellow line, you can cross the center line to pass a bicyclist safely, as long as oncoming traffic is clear. When a driver passes closely, especially over 25 mph is very scary for cyclists.
3. Please don’t honk to communicate with cyclist unless you see an emergency. A honking horn near a cyclist is very loud and can be shocking for those on bicycles. .
4. Please do not follow too close to a cyclist. This can be very intimidating. Bicyclists will generally try hard to be out of your way as soon as possible but may be in the lane for some reason.
5. Please be very cautious in neighborhoods. Bicyclists like to use quiet streets to get around, so if you don’t adhere to stop signs you risk hitting someone on a bicycle. It is really important to slow and stop before stop signs, rather than after, and then ease into the intersection to see if cross traffic is clear. Children riding bikes or running on the sidewalk may not see you and if you aren’t slowing down before they cross the street, you could run them over.
6. Look for cyclists before opening your door. When parking on the street, make sure you are not opening your car door into the path of a cyclist.
7. Use good manners. Apologize if you make a mistake and it will go a long way; eye contact and waves are very humanizing, especially in the stress of rush-hour traffic.
8. Give children extra space. Children on bicycles are often more wobbly than adults, and more likely to turn or stop suddenly without looking or signaling. It is best not to pass a child on a bicycle unless you have many feet of space and proceed extremely slowly.