“The Ten Absolutes of Safety”
- By law, bicycles must follow all motor vehicle laws and regulations. Do not run stoplights or stop signs. When the entire group does not make it through a traffic signal, the lead group will pull off at a safe point and wait for the trailing riders to catch up.
- Be predictable – ride in a straight line at the group’s speed, make moves within the peloton smooth and calculated, and remain aware of riders around you.
- Don’t overlap the wheel in front.
- Never pass on the right in a pace line.
- When stopping at a traffic signal, stop behind the last car in line. Do not creep forward to the front of the line or go around cars stopped at the light.
- Use hand signals to identify hazards. Support hand signals with verbal communication, and don’t underestimate the value of calling “slowing” or “stopping.”
- Ride single file or two abreast. Never more!
- Ride “handlebar to handlebar” when riding two abreast.
- Maintain a small gap, (one to two feet) between you and the rider in front.
- No helmet …No ride. No exceptions!