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Ride Etiquette

Your Safety is Our Priority!

Helmets are required and NO headphones. When you wear headphones you are endangering yourself and others on the ride.

Obey All Regulatory Signs and Traffic Signals. Bicycles are considered vehicles by law and must be driven like other vehicles.

Be predictable and maintain a steady straight line - avoid braking or changing direction suddenly. Remember that there may be riders close behind you.

Point out and call out any road hazards ahead. These include potholes, drain grates, stray animals, opening car doors, sticks or stones, parked cars, etc.

Use standard cyclist hand signals:

  • left arm straight out to signal a left turn
  • right arm straight out for a right turn
  • palm or fist pointing down to your side to signal slowing or stopping
  • shake hand side to side in the direction of road hazards

Do not overlap wheels. A slight direction change or gust of wind could easily cause you to touch wheels with another cyclist and fall.

Bicyclists may not ride more than two abreast and then only if adequate travel lane/shoulder width is available.

Stay to the right when in front to allow room for others to pass safely on your left. Pass other riders on the left hand side.

Watch for road hazards such as storm drain grates, slippery manhole covers, oily pavement, and gravel. Cross railroad tracks at a right angle.

Be Prepared. Your bike should be in good repair and have dependable tires. You should have a helmet, two water bottles, spare tubes and cycling gloves.

Don’t be rude, ride with respect.

Personal SAG Vehicles are Prohibited.

Frequent Commands

Hold your line – When someone calls out, “Hold your line”, this means that you need to stay in a straight line as best you can.

On your Left – When someone calls out, “On your Left”, this means that they are passing you on your left.

Car Up – When someone calls out, “Car Up”, this means that there is a car up front.

Car Back – When someone calls out, “Car Back”, this means that there is a car back behind you.

Slowing – When someone calls out “Slowing”, this means that there is something that is causing the pack to slow down.

Stopping – When someone calls out “Stopping”, this means that there is something that is causing the pack to stop.

Utah Bicycle Laws

Bicyclists are subject to all the rights and responsibilities applicable to the operator of any other vehicles, including obeying all traffic control signals such as stops signs and traffic lights.

Bicyclists should ride as near as practicable to the right-hand edge of the roadway except to: pass; make a left turn; when there is a right-turn only lane; and to avoid hazards.

A bicyclist may not hold onto moving vehicles.

Bicyclists may not ride more than two abreast and two abreast only if adequate travel lane/shoulder width is available.

Bicyclists must keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.

Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk, and shall give audible signal when overtaking a pedestrian.

Utah Bicycle Laws in Full

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