Your safety is our priority. We ask that all cyclists review this important information.
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Note: All roads will be open during the ride.
Please watch the safety video, and read the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Group Ride Guidelines for important Rules of the Road. Additional safety information for cyclist and motorists, can be found on the BCM safety page. Here are a few tips from BCM’s Group Ride Guidelines:
Look before you make a move. Riders and motorists expect you to ride in a straight line and at a consistent speed. Avoid sudden changes in speed or lane position. Scan behind and to the side before changing position.
Clearly communicate to other riders changes in speed or direction, road hazards, pedestrians and vehicles. Call out “car back”, “slowing” or “stopping” as needed. Communicate calls throughout the group. Coordinate group turns and moves.
Be alert. Be aware of riders around you. Avoid overlapping wheels.
Group riding often requires riding two abreast. While this is not illegal in Maine, please exercise your rights with courtesy.
Maine law permits bikes to ride in the travel lane as far right as is practical. A rider is permitted to use the entire travel lane where hazards exist or where it is unsafe for a car and bike to travel side by side. Never cross yellow center lines. Be courteous and use the shoulder when it is safe to do so.
Gather behind the last car in line at an intersection. Although Maine law permits a cyclist to pass cars on the right at an intersection, such behavior is discouraged in group rides as a courtesy to motorists.
Obey traffic signs and signals at intersections. At stop signs, consider moving as a single unit through intersections if all riders feel it is safe to do so. Slow and stop at yellow lights. Consider adopting a policy of stopping or slowing after intersections when the group is split.
Wear bright colors. Maine law requires cyclists use lights in darkness, and they are recommended in reduced visibility conditions.