1. Helmets are
required, rear view mirrors are suggested (we like the mirror by Bike
Peddler, Take-A-Look Mirror. It can be purchased
Make sure to select "Original" size.)
2. Be on time,
we start at the designated time.
3. If you see or hear
a vehicle approaching, announce “car back” to the others.
4. On the bike path
announce approaching riders with “Rider up”.
5. We all like to
converse while riding, but when a vehicle approaches from the rear riders
will form a single file.
6. When there are
riders close behind you point out road hazards such as debris, pot holes,
parked cars with people who may exit or tree or brush branches.
7. We will wait
for approximately 5-10 minutes at
each rest stop for slower riders to
catch up. An exception to this will be made when the "Rear
Brigade" has three or more riders in which case the front group
may proceed at their own pace.
8. Carry a cell phone
with the phone numbers of the other riders. If you have a mechanical problem
call one of the other riders in the group. We will come back to assist you.
9. Carry enough
equipment to repair a flat tire. If you want help with a flat just ask.
10. Slow down when
approaching intersections. If there is traffic in the intersection and you
will have to stop, signal to the riders behind you with a flat open hand
extended down and back. When an intersection is clear to proceed move
forward and announce to those behind you “clear”.
11. Signal turns by
pointing to the left or right before making the turn.
12. Pass other riders
on the left. Look behind you before passing for bikes who may be attempting
to pass you or approaching vehicles.
13. When approaching
other riders or walkers on the bike path, announce your approach with “on
your left” then pass on the left.
14. When you need to
blow your nose, cough or spit, be considerate of those beside and behind
you. Move to the leeward side of the pack or, better yet, to the back
of the group before blowing your nose, coughing or spitting. Remember,
when riding 15 to 25 mph everything you eject goes backwards quickly enough
and far enough to land on fellow riders a considerable distance behind you.