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All cyclists on STLC rides are required to wear a bicycle helmet that meets national safety standards (either ANSI or Snell approved) on all club group rides.
Cycling with friends, traveling rapidly and safely with confidence in your companions, is a joy.
However, there is a certain cycling etiquette, or Rules of the Road, of which you should be aware whenever cycling in a group.
Ride Leaders-Please take the initiative to educate your riders about and continually remind them of the rules of the road.
It takes only a minute or two to emphasize one or two of these points at each ride.
Educated riders are safer and have fewer conflicts among themselves and with motorists.
- Bicycle riders (cyclists) on public streets and roads have the same rights and responsibilities
as automobile drivers and are subject to the same rules and regulations as any other vehicle on the road.
- Stop at stop lights and stop signs and obey all regulatory signs and traffic laws.
- Never ride against traffic.
- Yield to pedestrians. Enter crosswalks at pedestrian speed.
- Ride right, pass left, and let other know when you are approaching them.
- Choose the best way to turn left.
- Look back, signal, move into the left lane and turn.
- Or ride straight to the far-side of the intersection, turn, and wait for the light to change,
and then use the crosswalk as a pedestrian would.
- Check out vehicles. Not just for attractive drivers. Make eye contact with drivers. Assume they do not see you.
Try to keep a car door width away from parked cars when riding on the street.
- Avoid road hazards.
- Watch out for hazards, including: sewer grates; manhole covers; oil, gravel, or ice on the roadway.
- Cross railroad tracks at a right angle to the tracks.
- Stand up in your pedals for better control over bumps.
- Be prepared to stop. If you use clipless pedals, you may want to clip out one foot before you approach the hazard.
- Ride a well-equipped bicycle.
- Make sure your bicycle is adjusted to fit you properly.
- Use a headlight mounted on your handlebars at night.
- Equip your bicycle with rear and side reflectors.
- Do NOT ride while using a cell phone or headphones.
- Dress Appropriately. Wear light colored clothes for visibility and for your safety.
There is an informative website on bicycle safety and rules of the road which is easy to read through in a few minutes.
Trailnet has a information on adult bicycle education.
Yet another source of bicycling information is on the Kinetic Sports Medicine site adult bicycle education.
St. Louis Area Cycling Laws
The League Of American Bicyclists has a summary of bicycle laws for each state.
League Of American Bicyclists — Riding Better
The LAB website has much information about bike safety, maintenance, and good riding habits
The Missouri Biking Federation suggests some guidelines for
Safe and Courteous Group Riding