If you’re new to cycling or not accustomed to riding in groups, please take some time to review our safety guidelines. For your safety and the safety of others participating in our group rides it’s important everyone follow these basic guidelines.

Rider

  • Helmet – All riders must wear a properly fitted helmet
  • Glasses – Recommended to protect from sun and debris
  • Gloves – Recommended to reduce friction and vibrations while riding
  • Clothing – You should wear proper fitting and comfortable cycling clothing
  • Shoes – Proper cycling shoes are recommended
  • Headphones – In order to hear others, avoid wearing headphones on groups rides
  • Eat and drink well before and during the ride
  • Carry enough food and water for the duration of the ride
  • Carry identification
  • Know your limits and do not push yourself into unsafe situations

Bike

  • Tires must be in safe operating condition (no tears, splits, thinning, or bubbles)
  • Brakes must be in safe operating condition and working properly.
  • Derailleurs and chain should be clean and adjusted properly.
  • Frame should have no cracks and wheels should be straight.
  • Cables should not be frayed and should be lubed.
  • Water bottles should fit snug in the bottle cages
  • Carry your own pump/air cartridges, spare tube, tire levers, tools…
  • Assure proper bike fit for a safe and comfortable ride

Road

  • Above all, have fun and ride safely
  • California Vehicle Code 21200 – Bikes follow all rules same as vehicles
  • Avoid abrupt moves, hard braking and fast swerving
  • Try to hold your line in turns
  • Verbally call out road hazards (hole, car up, car back, stopping, pole, etc.)
  • Point out road hazards when it’s safe to do so
  • Use hand signals to indicate slowing and turning
  • Do not cross wheels (your front wheel next to rear wheel of rider in front of you)
  • Respect drivers of cars and trucks
  • Ride in bike lanes if available
  • Stay as far right as practicable
  • Single up on narrow roads
  • Take the middle of the lane when it would be dangerous to be passed by a vehicle
  • Pass riders on their left and call out “on your left” as you pass
  • Leave the road completely when stopping to re-group or make repairs
  • Put trash in pockets or trash cans
  • Be courteous at all times and acknowledge courteous behavior
  • If you borrow something from other riders, be sure to return or replace (tube, food…)
  • If joining the group after the ride has started, inform the Ride Leader
  • If leaving the group, let others in the group know
  • Encourage others to follow safe cycling practices