Although I’m calling these the Cupcake Ride Rules, a lot of them are just suggestions – while the traffic safety ones are rules that should be obeyed whether you are on a Cupcake Ride or not!
But above all the Cupcake Ride should be fun and SAFE!!
1. EQUIPMENT SAFETY
• Helmets are STRONGLY recommended
• You are responsible for your bike’s maintenance!
— Tires inflated?
— Brakes adjusted and pads sufficient?
— Wheels secure and all bolts nice and tight?
*** Bells are required by law.
2. CLOTHING AND MISC. SAFETY
• Pants or skirts should be snug so as not to get caught in your chain.
• Absolutely no headphones while riding
• Absolutely no cell phone use (that includes texting/email reading) while riding
3. OBEY ALL RULES OF THE ROAD
Ride your bike like you would drive your car
• Stop at all Red Lights
• Stop at all stop signs and 4-way stops
• You are entitled to take the entire lane
• Ride only on the right side of the road
• Never ride on the sidewalk
4. LEFT TURNS
• The group will be turning left like a car – hand signal left turn
OR if you are uncomfortable with this, on your own, you may:
• Turn left like a pedestrian. Ride across the street to the far side, then wait for the light to turn green and proceed.
5. RIDE PACE
• Single file at all times
• Stay close – keep the gap between you and the next bike less than 1 bike length
• It’s OK if the group gets broken up until smaller sub-groups at lights etc.
• Do not stop abruptly or else you’ll cause a pile up! If for an emergency you must stop, hand signal and do so slowly and pull over.
• If you wish to pass, ring your bell and pass on the left. It is the passer’s responsibility to do so safely.
6. HAND SINGLES – A MUST!!!!
• I’m slowing down/stopping – left arm elbow out, left hand pointed down
• I’m turning right – left arm elbow out, left hand pointed up
• I’m turning left – left arm straight out
7. DEALING WITH CARS
• Cars in the right lane turning right – pass to their left
• Parked cars – don’t ride in the door zone – maintain 3 feet distance – take the whole centre lane if required (signal first)
• Wide vehicles – stay behind them; don’t try to squeeze in between them and the curb. Pass later when safe.
• Don’t be afraid to ring your bell generously
• Be polite and don’t get into shouting matches with rude drivers
• If you are hit by a car, stop, and call the police. Do not let them go and say it is “OK” as damage to your bike or injuries to you may not be apparent at first. (Although, if this happens, there will be enough of us around to help out!!)