Safety

Whether this is your first group ride or one of hundreds, please take a couple minutes to watch this Bike MS safety video about safe cycling and riding in a group.

Rules of the Road

The Hot Hundred is NOT a race.  You will be riding on open, public roads.   Motor vehicle traffic is present throughout the course at all times.

*HELMETS ARE MANDATORY (ANSI/SNELL APPROVED).

*Ride one or two across only.  Stay as far to the right as is safely possible.

*Ride WITH traffic not against it.

*Take a full lane when safety dictates. Pull off to let traffic pass when necessary.

*Make eye contact with drivers so you know they have seen you.

*Obey all traffic laws and signals. ALWAYS stop at stop signs. Your bicycle is legally considered a vehicle.

Group Riding Skills

Take time to look through the League of American Bicyclists Group Riding Brochure.

These are some of the most important points:

* Know your limits. Crashes can occur when inexperienced cyclists do not have the bike-handling skills to make quick decisions in a pack.

* Be Predictable: Group riding requires even more attention to predictability than riding alone. Call out stops and changes in direction to other riders.

* Pass on the left side only.

* Communicate with your fellow riders using proper cycling terms such as “on your left,” “car back,” “stopping,” etc. or use hand signals.

* Announce hazards. When riding in a group, most of the cyclists do not have a good view of the road surface ahead. Alert others to road hazards by pointing down to left or right and by calling out.

* Maintain control and speed of your bike, even going downhill.

* Never overlap your wheels with another cyclists.

* Do not use aerobars in a pack.

* Courtesy is key! Be respectful of other riders and help others when needed.

Bike Signals and Lingo

The following signs and signals are the universal language of cycling. Your safety and the safety of those around you depend on good communication.

Hand Signals:   

  • Left Turn: Left arm straight out

  • Right Turn: Right arm straight out, or left arm straight out and bent up

  • Stopping: Left arm out and bent down with your palm facing the rear Hazard: Point down on the appropriate side of your bike and call out the hazard (e.g. “gravel!”, “grate!”, “glass!” or “bump!”)

  • For more details and visualization of these signals, view samples of safe bike communication.

  • Also, if you need assistance from one of our SAG drivers, the universal signal for help is to pat the top of your helmet.

                         Verbal Signals:

  • “Car Up”: There’s an oncoming vehicle

  • “Car Back”: There’s a car approaching from behind you

  • “On Your Left”: You’re passing a cyclist on his/her left-hand side, or a cyclist is passing you on your left-hand side

  • Read “Ride Safe Language” to learn more about ways to communicate with your fellow riders on the route

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    Inclement Weather Policy

    Riders are urged to use common sense and good judgment when deciding whether to embark on, or continue the ride in inclement weather or when a high heat index has been posted by the National Weather Service.  The Hot Hundred will not be cancelled because of rain or high heat warnings.  It is important to hydrate before, during, and after the ride…at least one water bottle per 15-20 miles.

    In rainy conditions, pavement and any metal material, like manhole covers and railroad tracks, can become slick. In addition, braking distance is greatly increased and visibility can be severely compromised. Puddles can conceal potholes and other defects in the road surface. Auto drivers may have a difficult time seeing riders on the roadway.

     

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    Rest Stops

    Please remove your bike gloves and wash or sanitize your hands before reaching for food or filling your water bottles.