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Sharing the Road


No roads or bike paths will be closed to other forms of traffic for our exclusive use; we will be sharing the entire route with vehicular traffic and/or other cyclists. Please take care of yourself on the road and cycle defensively. Use caution at all times while riding!

Helmets
Helmets must be worn at all times while riding, both on the road and in town.

Traffic Laws
You must obey all traffic laws at all times.

Approaching Vehicles
The best riding maneuver we ever learned when approaching a vehicle is to always aim your bike for just behind the back bumper of the car. That way you will always avoid getting hit by the front.

Also do not stop in middle of the road, and never cross the center line or try to beat traffic. Never ride more than two abreast, and always ride single file when not doing so would impede traffic.

Turning
If you are turning left or right, indicate you are doing so by fully extending out your left or right arm and pointing the direction you are turning and yelling "LEFT" or "RIGHT" very loud so other people can hear you, especially cyclists behind you. These are the safest, most intuitively obvious signals on the road you can possibly make.

IF YOU ARE TURNING RIGHT DO NOT PUT YOUR LEFT ARM UP AT AN ANGLE LIKE MOST CYCLING BOOKS TELL YOU TO DO. MOST OTHER PEOPLE WILL NOT HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT DIRECTION YOU ARE TURNING AND IT IS NOT NEARLY AS OBVIOUS AS SIMPLY STICKING OUT YOUR RIGHT HAND AND POINTING YOUR FINGER TO THE RIGHT.

Slowing and Stopping
IF YOU ARE SLOWING OR STOPPING ABSOLUTELY NEVER REMOVE EITHER HAND FROM THE BRAKES AND POINT DOWN TO INDICATE YOU ARE SLOWING OR STOPPING. This is one of the stupidest and most dangerous actions you can possibly do on a bicycle because you are taking your hand off the brakes at the moment you need to use the brakes the most. Doing this significantly decreases the likelihood you will be able to stop in time before going into oncoming traffic or cross traffic and significantly increases the chance that you can get hit or killed by an oncoming vehicle.

If you are slowing or stopping the best thing to do is check to see if there are any cars behind you, then just yell "SLOWING" or "STOPPING" very loud so other people can hear you, especially cyclists behind you.

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