Group Ride Safety Guidelines

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Following are some basic group ride safety guidelines.

  • HELMET USE IS REQUIRED—please wear your helmet level on your head and keep your chinstrap buckled.
  • REMEMBER THAT THIS EVENT IS TAKING PLACE ON OPEN ROADS. Motorized traffic will be present. Ride safely.
  • BE PREDICTABLE. Group riding requires more attention to predictability than riding alone. Other riders expect you to continue straight ahead at a constant speed unless you indicate differently.
  • COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER RIDERS AROUND YOU—call out “on your left” when passing, alert other riders of hazards in the road (eg. “hole, crack, glass” etc); call out “car back” when appropriate.
  • USE HAND SIGNALS AND SPEAK UP WHEN YOU ARE CHANGING POSITION OR TURNING.
  • MAINTAIN GAPS BETWEEN BICYCLES, AND PLEASE RIDE SINGLE FILE ESPECIALLY WHEN CARS ARE PRESENT. Long lines of bikes can be difficult to pass.
  • ONLY PASS ON THE LEFT. Only pass when it is safe to do so and does not create a traffic hazard. Please alert and give other bicyclists three feet when passing them. Wait for a safe place to pass other riders. Strong riders should remember this event is not a race or training ride, and be patient when encountering slower riders on hills and tight roads.
  • OBEY ALL TRAFFIC SIGNS AND SIGNALS. Stop at stop signs and lights. Remember—this is not a closed course. Motorized traffic WILL be present.
  • OBEY COURSE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.
  • IF YOU STOP, PLEASE GET COMPLETELY OFF THE ROAD. Move onto the grass/dirt on the edge of road to make room for other riders and traffic
  • PLEASE BE COURTEOUS AND FRIENDLY TO ALL OTHER ROAD USERS. If you have a negative incident, get as much info as possible and report it to a Coalition staff member or event volunteer.