Pedal 4 Possible Rider Safety
A few important safety rules for our ride:
- Helmets are required for all rides. Please ride safely, lawfully and considerately! All cyclists are required to follow all traffic law and regulations.
- Tagalong bike trailers and burley style trailers are NOT permitted on the 100M, 100K, and 50K. They will be permitted on the 10K course.
- There are many railroad tracks along the course. They can be very dangerous and, especially when wet. Be sure to cross railroad tracks at 90 degrees to avoid having a tire slip into the tracks!
In Colorado, cyclists and motorists have equal rights and responsibilities while using roads. A big part of Bicycle Colorado's mission is to make bicycling as safe as possible. The following information is from our friends at Bicycle Colorado:
Rules of the Road, Path and Trail
- Wherever you’re riding, be courteous and share the road. Act like a vehicle.
- Ride as far right as is safe on the road, and obey traffic laws, signs and signals. That means stopping at stop signs and traffic lights, and yielding to pedestrians.
- Ride to the right on multi-use paths and warn other cyclists, walkers, runners and path users before overtaking and passing them. Call out “passing” or ring your bike bell.
- Ride only on open mountain bike trails and leave no trace. Yield or slow down for other users, and don’t scare the animals.
- If a motorist behaves aggressively or dangerously, dial *CSP (*277) from your cell phone (just remember Colorado State Patrol). You’ll need to provide the vehicle license plate number (mandatory), location and direction of travel, vehicle and driver description, and a description of the aggressive behavior.
- 3 Feet to Pass: Bicyclists get at least 3 feet of space when vehicles pass. To pass you safely, motorists can cross a center line when oncoming traffic is clear.
- Ride to the Right on a Two-Way Road: Ride as far right as is safe. You don’t have to ride in the gutter, and it’s good practice to ride a door’s width away from parked cars to avoid an unexpected open door. Riding in the right half of the lane is often the safest and most visible spot.
- Ride on Either Side on a One-Way Street: You can ride on the far right or far left on a one-way street. But don’t ride upstream. Ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Point the Direction You’re Going: You must signal your turns for 100 feet before you turn, but you can use either hand to turn right to keep control of your bicycle. Simply point where you’re going.
- Ride in the Traffic Lane When Appropriate: You can take the travel lane if traffic is slow and the lane is narrow, if there is no shoulder or bike lane, when you’re approaching an intersection or if you’re moving with the flow of traffic. When you move to the center of the lane, you establish your position and prevent motorists from passing until there’s room.