Yes, this is a party, but we can’t disregard the 2-ton behemoths around us. Here are 6 simple rules to follow to keep us all safe and happy!
1. Stay to the right. We should strive to always keep the left lane open to traffic that wishes to pass us. If a car is stuck behind us and the driver becomes irate, when or if they do decide to pass us, they will do so in a much more reckless fashion, endangering themselves and us. By allowing drivers behind us to pass, we keep them happy and us safe!
2. Stop at red lights. If a light is red when the beginning of the group arrives, just wait. Just because you can cross before traffic gets to the intersection, doesn’t mean everyone behind you will be able to do so. We aren’t in a hurry, take the opportunity to chat up the cute person next to you or start an impromptu dance party! If a light is green when the beginning of the group gets to the intersection and begins to turn red before we have all passed, proceed through and we will cork (assigned cyclists blocking cross traffic) the intersection until the group has all crossed.
3. Roll past confrontation. If you see an angry driver, pedestrian, or even another cyclist, just roll past it. Do not engage in shouting back with the individual, no matter how ignorant their statements. Just keep rolling and have a good time! If you see other members of the ride engaging in confrontation, remind them to “roll on past” as well!
4. Ride Straight, Ride Predictably. In a large group, pay attention to the cyclists around you. Don’t swerve erratically or stop suddenly without warning those around you.
5. Ride Sober. We aren’t saying you can’t drink on the ride, but make sure you can still abide by rule #4.
6. Leave no one behind. We are here to ride as a group! We have set stops along the way, and keeping an easy pace and stopping at red lights will ensure that all riders feel welcome and able to participate. This isn’t a race, it’s a party!