AIDS Lifecycle - Ride to end AIDS



Code of Conduct and Safety Guidelines

Safety is a core value on AIDS/LifeCycle. Your behavior will affect not only your safety, but the safety of those around you and the perceptions of the communities we ride through. We want each and every one of you to make it safely to Los Angeles!  The success of this event depends on each and every one of us behaving responsibly and taking care of ourselves and one another. 

The following is a list of safety guidelines and our Code of Conduct.  All participants must understand and adhere to these guidelines on official training rides and on the event.  Violation of any of these rules could jeopardize your participation in AIDS/LifeCycle, the safety of your fellow participants, and the future of the event.

  • Bicycles are vehicles under the California Vehicle Code and you are subject to all the rules and regulations of that code. Obey all traffic laws, traffic signals and signs. Ride as far to the right as is safely possible.  Ride defensively, predictably and stay alert.  Assume car drivers cannot see you.
  • Stop at all stop signs and stop lights without exception.  When you are on an official training ride and on the event, you must make an ALC stop, ceasing all forward motion and placing one foot on the ground before proceeding.
  • Wear your helmet at all times when on your bicycle.  This includes while riding in camp and in Rest Stops.
  • Ride single file and leave at least one bike length between you and the rider in front of you.  No drafting.  No pacelines. 
  • Communicate your intentions.  Use verbal alerts to point out potential vehicle hazards. Use hand signals to indicate right turn, left turn, stopping or slowing.  Alert others to potential hazards by pointing and/or calling out in a loud, outside voice.
  • Look behind you before passing to make sure it is clear.  Pass only when it is safe to do so and pass only on the left.  When passing, call out loudly, "On your left!"
  • Never wear headphones or ear buds while on your bike.  The use of cell phones, iPods, mp3 players, radios, walkie talkies, handheld cameras or video cameras, or any other electronic device is prohibited while riding. 
  • Control your bicycle: Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
  • AIDS/LifeCycle is an alcohol- and drug-free event.  Do not consume alcohol or use recreational drugs on training rides or on the event.
  • Eat before you feel hungry and drink before you feel thirsty. 
  • Emergency Procedures: If an accident occurs requiring medical services, call 911 immediately and direct traffic around the scene.  Get the participant's name and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.  Do not move an injured person if they are unable to move themselves.  Notify your Training Ride Leader or an AIDS/LifeCycle staff member.
  • Be courteous and respectful of others. We are a diverse community. Please be thoughtful in your conduct and choices, and sensitive to the feelings of your fellow participants. 

Event Rules & Regulations

  • Obey instructions of all law enforcement personnel, roadies and the AIDS/LifeCycle staff.
  • Keep your bike frame number visible at all times on the route and in bike parking.
  • Use only the tents provided by AIDS/LifeCycle and camp in your designated space on the grid.  This will enable the staff to locate you in case of an emergency.
  • Do not tamper with any logistical, electrical or structural equipment on the event.  Any participant's personal electronic equipment found plugged into the event's electrical supply will be confiscated by AIDS/LifeCycle staff.

Violation of any of the rules stated above could result in one or all of the following:

  • Verbal warning
  • Written warning
  • Suspension for one day
  • Expulsion from the event 

Violations of the AIDS/LifeCycle Code of Conduct