Ride Safety Guidelines:
All riders are expected to understand and follow these guidelines for ride safety to help ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience on BIKES Club rides.
- Verbal callouts include slowing, stopping, rolling, car back, car up, car left, car right, road hazards such as hole, glass, loose dog, etc.
- Do not callout “clear” at intersections or lane changes.
- Hand signals for slowing, stopping, turns left or right, pointing at hazards.
- At times a rider’s hands may be full of brake levers, so unclipping a foot should be understood as a signal for slowing or stopping.
Safe Riding Behavior:
- Maintain situational awareness of where you are riding, and where other riders and motor vehicles are near you. Stay safe.
- Ride in a predictable manner in a steady line.
- Riders make their own decisions when it is safe to crossroads and intersections. If a group is separated by traffic lights the group should slow or stop to regroup in a safe place.
- When a callout for “car back” is made, all riders should keep right in single file until the car passes.
- Do not pass anyone on the right or come up alongside someone on the right unless you callout to announce your presence.
- Do not overlap wheels with other riders.
- Do not make sudden turns.
- Do not ride just to the left of the Ride Leader as you will block the Ride Leader’s rearward visibility.
- Do not wave cars to pass bicyclists.
- Do not stand up to pedal when another rider is following closely behind.
- Leave enough space in front of you to avoid other riders, vehicles and road hazards.
- Ride outside the door zone along parked or stopped cars.
- Move off the road or trail when stopping.
- Close spaced pacelines are discouraged.
- Do not ride with headphones or earbuds. Exception: one ear allowable for navigational information.
E-Bike Riders Read This: E-bike riders and Ride Leaders should understand the BIKES Club e-bike policy.