We need your help to make the ride safe. These practical rules will help riders and volunteers:
1. EACH CYCLIST MUST WEAR A HELMET WHILE RIDING. Be sure it is adjusted properly to protect your entire head. Eye protection is highly recommended.
2. ONLY PASS ON THE LEFT and always CALL OUT “ON YOUR LEFT” to alert your fellow cyclists when passing.
3. RIDE SINGLE-FILE TO THE RIGHT EDGE OF THE ROAD to allow cars and other cyclists to pass safely. Ride roads are open for normal traffic.
4. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR FELLOW CYCLISTS. Warn other riders of your pending actions; say, “stopping,” “car back,” “rider back,” or “on your left” before acting. Pass only on the left. Always check behind you to be sure it’s clear, then signal and call out.
5. OBEY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS. Stop at all stop signs and red traffic lights, unless otherwise directed by a uniformed police officer. Ride volunteers are NOT authorized to stop traffic.
6. BE PREDICTABLE. Don’t make any sudden stops or swerve. Smooth riding takes practice and strength. If you’re tired, stop and rest.
7. BE ALERT. Don’t fix your eyes on one thing. Watch the cyclists in front of you. Watch for dogs; if chased, coast instead of pedaling beside them.
8. DO NOT WEAR HEADPHONES. This helps you to hear automobile traffic as well as your fellow cyclists as they communicate with you.
9. CYCLISTS UNDER 18 years old must have a notarized waiver and ride with a parent or guardian within sight on the route at all times. Cyclists must be at least 12 years old on or before the day of the ride. Visit the Cycling for Minors page for more information.