Safety Rules

Please be aware that we have riders of all levels of experience and skills on our rides. We encourage more experienced riders to mentor those who are new to cycling. Safety rules are necessary to ensure everyone's well being and enjoyment during the ride. The links below contain more tips. Ride safe!

Safe Cycling Practices

How we behave as cyclists is directly related to our safety. The following practices will contribute a riders safety both individually and when riding in groups.

  1. Ride in bike lanes when available
    • Move into the road when the bike lane contains hazards
    • Move into the road to past other bikes when vehicles are not present
    • Ride two abreast if desired when bike lane width permits
  2. Ride as far to the right on roads as practicable
    • Ride on a road’s shoulder when adequately wide and safe
    • Ride two abreast if desired when the shoulder width permits
    • Move left as required to avoid hazards
    • Move left to safely pass another vehicle/bicycle
    • Take the lane when it would be dangerous to be passed
    • Take the lane to make a left turn
    • Move left to avoid a right turn conflict
    • Take the lane as desired if you are moving at the normal speed of traffic
    • Ride two abreast if desired on roads with light or intermittent traffic
  3. Call out approaching vehicles: "Car Up;" "Car Back"
    • Move right as practicable to permit vehicles to pass
    • Move into single file to permit vehicles to pass
    • Left rider accelerates and right rider makes room when moving into single file
  4. Point out road hazards
    • Repeat hazard signals you receive for riders behind you
  5. Signal your intentions visually and verbally
    • Hand signal and call out "Slowing" or "Stopping"
    • Hand signal and call out "Turning"
  6. Pass other bicycles on the left and call it out: "On Your Left"
  7. Leave the road completely when stopping to re-group or make repairs
  8. Ride defensively: Be Visible, Alert, Assertive and Predictable
    • Wear bright or light colors and use lights when warranted
    • Know the location of nearby riders and vehicles
    • Create enough space between yourself and other riders so you can evade sudden danger
    • Be responsible for your own personal safety — do not blindly follow
  9. Obey traffic laws — Bicycles are legal vehicles
    • Always honor right-of-ways at intersections
  10. Be courteous at all times and acknowledge courteous behavior
  11. Encourage others to follow safe cycling practices

Club Ride Best Practices

These best practices identify key issues and recommendations to assist members in planning and leading club rides and club members in taking part in show-and-go club rides. They also serve to remind all club members and guests of practices that support safe and enjoyable rides.

Ride Planning

This section applies mainly to ride leaders. However, all riders can contribute for show-and-go rides.

  1. Select a route
  2. Ride the route in advance if it is new or unfamiliar: Check for safety, points of interest, re-group points, coffee stops or restaurants, rest rooms and ride distance
  3. Prepare a Route Slip: May not be needed for rides that have a standard route or for rides that have route slips available on the club web site.
  4. Print copies of the UV Incident Report Form
  5. Gather any SAG related materials that you plan to carry

Ride Beginning

  1. Arrive at the ride location before ride time
  2. Bring Route Slips, Incident Report Forms and SAG materials as appropriate
  3. Greet riders and introduce new participants
  4. Encourage repeat visitors to join the club
  5. Count the number of riders participating
  6. Make sure that everyone has a helmet
  7. Distribute Route Slips as appropriate
  8. Describe route and planned regroups
  9. Identify route conditions or features that may present safety problems
  10. Review Safe Cycling Practices
  11. Describe how different rider paces will be accommodated
  12. Describe how the group or each subgroup will look out for each other: No one left behind or visually isolated
  • Riders keep members of the group or subgroup ahead and behind them in sight
  • The second to last rider in any group or subgroup keeps the last rider in sight
  • If a sweep is used, identify the sweep rider: Sweeps stay with the last rider
  • Identify how problems will be communicated to other riders or the leader
  1. Ask if any riders plan to deviate from or not complete the planned route

The Ride

  1. Start of the ride once everyone is ready
  2. Take responsibility for your personal safety
  3. Follow Safe Cycling Practices
  4. Communicate problems (flats, accidents, etc.) to other riders or the leader
  5. Stay with a person that has to stop unless he or she tells you to go ahead and describes their plan
  6. Inform other riders or the leader if you decide to leave or vary from the route
  7. Modify or halt rides as agreed to by the riders or safety warrants

Ride Ending

  1. Check that everyone planning to finish the ride arrives at its end point