Ride Rules

In addition to the following guidelines, helmets will be required for all Ride for the Rivers participants. Proper safety gear and adult supervision for riders under the age of 18 is also required.


  • Respect other trail users; joggers, walkers, bladers, wheelchairs all have trail rights
  • Respect slower cyclists; yield to slower users

Announce when passing

  • Use a bell, horn or voice to indicate your intention to pass
  • Warn other well in advance so you do not startle them
  • Clearly announce "On your left" when passing

Yield when entering and crossing

  • Yield to traffic at places where the trail crosses the road
  • Yield to other users at trail intersections
  • Slow down before intersections and when entering the trail from the road

Keep right

  • Stay as close to the right as possible, except when passing
  • Give yourself enough room to maneuver around any hazards
  • Ride single file to avoid possible collisions with other trail users

Pass on left

  • Scan ahead and behind before announcing your intention to pass another user
  • Pull out only when you are sure the lane is clear
  • Allow plenty of room, about two bike lengths, before moving back to the right

Be predictable

  • Travel in a straight line unless you are avoiding hazards or passing
  • Indicate your intention to turn or pass
  • Warn other users of your intentions

Do not block the trail

  • For group rides, use no more than half the trail; don't hog the trail
  • Stop and regroup completely off of the trail

Clean up litter

  • Pack out more than you pack in
  • Encourage others to respect the path
  • Place all litter in its proper receptacle


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