Staying safe while riding bikes depends on everyone behaving responsibly and taking care of themselves and each other. Your behavior will affect not only your safety, but the safety of those around you. All TogetheRide participants should understand basic bike handling skills, bike mechanics, and use safe bicycle riding behaviors while out on rides.
Rules of the Road
- Obey all traffic laws and ordinances.
- Make a full stop at stop signs and appropriate traffic signals.
- Always wear your helmet, properly fit.
- Never ride your bike while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- No electronics or anything that will take your focus off the road while riding, except for bike computers & phones used for this purpose. If you are riding while distracted, it is a safety risk for yourself and those around you.
- Ride predictably. You want the cars and your fellow cyclists around you to be able to anticipate where you are going. Do not weave in and out of traffic. Maintain a straight path of travel and always call out your intention.
- Ride with at least one hand on the handle bars at all times.
- Stay alert and assume cars cannot see you. Always be scanning for potential hazards and act defensively. For example, if you are riding alongside a row of parked cars, be scanning to see if anybody is sitting in a car who may suddenly open the door. Communicate what you see with the people you are riding with.
- Stay hydrated and fueled. Make sure to have plenty of water with you, and keep snacks on hand so you can eat as you go.
- Pass only when it is safe to do so. Remember to call out “ON YOUR LEFT” and look over your left shoulder to make sure the path is clear of vehicles coming up from behind. After passing a cyclist, ensure you have enough space before merging back into line so your back wheel does not clip the front wheel of the rider behind you.
- Ride single file, leaving a minimum of one bike length between yourself and the riders around you.
- Use hand signals to call out your intentions.
- Call and point out hazards - assume that the people behind you cannot see what you can.
- Take care of each other. If you see somebody struggling, ask them if they need help.
- If an accident occurs that requires medical attention, call 911 immediately.
- Never move an injured person, especially if they are unable to move themselves!
- Help to direct vehicular traffic around the scene until first responders arrive.
Check your Local Health Department Guidelines
TogetheRide is a global community, and with the rapidly-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to consult your local Health Department to get the most up-to-date guidance on gatherings.
Visit the Center for Disease Control's website for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19:
Check out these great cycling-specific resources for biking during the COVID-19 pandemic: