For rides presented by Wisconsin Women Cycling
Remember, we organize rides so this is not a race!
The safety of our participants, volunteers, and the communities we ride through is our highest concern when we organize these rides. Please be respectful to each other so all can enjoy the experience.
• Follow the Wisconsin Rules of the Road.
o According to Wisconsin State Law, bicycles are vehicles so you must follow all traffic rules and signs.
• We use paved public roads o The roadways are not closed. We will be sharing them with other road users; pedestrians, motorcycles, motor vehicles, etc.
o Click on this WI DOT Rules for riding bicycles on the Road for the outline and even some diagrams on how to handle certain situations.
• We use the Ozaukee County Interurban Trail, a paved multi-use trail
o Stay on the trail.
o It is not closed. We will be sharing it with other users; individuals and groups of pedestrians, dog walkers, skateboarders, joggers, and other cyclists. o Bicyclist must yield to pedestrians
o Click on this WI DOT Guide for Street / Path Crossings for an outline and diagram of WI crosswalk types and some rules.
Do Not Yell Out “CLEAR”
• Unless you are the parent/guardian… and then only the children under your care should obey you.
• Bicyclists are required to stop at all stop signs and red lights unless guided by an “official event crossing guard”.
• Cross intersections when you feel it’s safe to cross.
o Everyone’s ability and comfort level is different.
o It’s okay to walk your bike across an intersection if it makes you feel more confident.
Respect private property
• Stay on the roads and use the designated rest stops.
• Do not litter. Keep gel and food packaging with you until you can dispose of them properly.
• Never use people’s yards as a restroom.
Violations of law will not be tolerated
• These include acts of trespassing, public urination, disorderly conduct, etc.
• These types of actions could lead to being banned from participating in future events and/or prosecution.
When out on a group ride, it is crucial that you take the utmost care to ensure the safety of pedestrians, fellow riders, motorists, and yourself.
By following the basic rules, group rides can be safe and enjoyable experiences. Because group rides are so visible to motorists, they are opportunities to either be billboards for exemplary behavior or these rides can reinforce the stereotypes that cyclists break the law.
Follow all traffic laws .
Hold your line. Ride in a predictable manner at a close, but a safe distance from the rider in front or next to you.
Children see things from a very different viewpoint than adults do, literally.
Under state law, bicyclists can ride two abreast unless traffic is impeded.
As stated above, being predictable is probably the most important act of keeping you and your group of riders safe.
Controlling the lane
Point out road hazards with your fingers to alert the riders behind you.
Use hand signals to indicate
Use announcements with your hand signals for turns, stopping, and slowing. These verbal warnings given in advance of intersections or hazards give the other riders a chance to ready themselves.
If you’re losing riders from your group off the back, let those in front know to adjust their pace.
Cyclists should not follow others through intersections without first scanning and following tall traffic signs and signals.
It is the responsibility of all riders to determine if the intersection is clear.
Leaders are not only in the front of a group, but they watch your back too.
We recommend regrouping after crossing an intersection,
Hill Climbing – as you get to the last 30 feet of climbing, check it’s safe then move to the center of your lane. Hold out your “stop” hand signal, if you must, to keep motor vehicles at bay.