* Maintain your bike in good working condition.
* Choose your ride carefully to match your current abilities for both speed and distance.
* Sign in on the ride leader forms so that the leader knows how many members are on the ride.
* Inform the ride leader if you must leave the group before the end of the ride.
* In case of physical or mechanical problems, members should aid each other and inform the ride leader.
* Follow the bicycle rules of the road at all times.
* Helmets are required.
* Headphones are not allowed.
Group Riding Tips (courtesy of LAB)
1. Be predictable
* In a group, your actions affect those around you, not just yourself
* Riders expect you to continue straight and at a constant speed
* Signal your intention to turn or slow down before you do so
2. Use signals
* Use hand signals to indicate turns and point out hazards to others
* Left or right arm straight out to indicate left or right turn
* Left arm out and down with palm to the rear to indicate stopping
3. Give warnings
* Ride leaders should call out right turns, left turns and stops in addition to signaling
* Announce turns before the intersections to give riders a chance to position themselves
* Try to avoid sudden stops or turns except for emergencies
* When announcing conflicting traffic-indicate the direction and where the conflict is expected, i.e. “Up-Right (or Left)”, “Back-Right (or Left)”, “Car-Right (or Left)”, etc. It is more important to indicate where the conflict is than what it is. *
4. Change positions correctly
* Slower moving traffic stays to the right; faster traffic to the left
* Pass slower moving vehicles on the left; announce your intention to do so
* Announce passes on the right clearly as this is not a usual maneuver
5. Announce hazards
* Most cyclists do not have a full view of the road while riding in a group
* Announce potholes and other hazards so others can avoid them
* Call out the hazard and point down to it, either left or right
6. Watch for traffic from the rear
* The last rider should frequently check for overtaking cars
* Announce “car back” clearly and loudly
* It is also helpful to announce “car up” on narrow roads or when riding two abreast
7. Watch out at intersections
* Leader should announce slowing or stopping at intersections if necessary
* Cyclists should not follow others through intersections without scanning
* Each cyclist is responsible for checking cross traffic; if you must stop, signal
8. Leave room for cars
* On narrow road or during climbs, leave space between every three or four riders
* Motorists will utilize the shorter passing intervals to pass the group
* Good relations with motorists is the responsibility of every cyclist
9. Stop off road
* When stopping for mechanicals or regrouping, always move clear off the road
* Only if conditions permit should you move back onto the road as a group
* Always yield to traffic in the roadway
10. Ride single file
* It is illegal in some areas to ride more than two abreast
* Ride single file between intersections; double up when the group stops
* When taking the lane, double up and take the whole lane