Due to the varied levels of cycling ability within the AIDS/LifeCycle community it is crucial that everyone adheres to the safety rules. Your safety as well as the safety of those around you depends on it. If you receive feedback or instruction from a Training Ride Leader it is because they are thinking of your safety, the other Cyclist’s safety and the future of our event. Listen to the TRLs, they reserve the right to ask you to leave a training ride if you do not adhere to all safety rules. If you have any disputes with what is asked of you please contact your AIDS/LifeCycle Cyclist Representative.
AIDS/LifeCycle Code of Conduct
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 each other.
All Participants must understand and adhere to the following 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 subject to all the rules and regulations of the California Vehicle 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. You must make a full stop, ceasing all forward motion and placing one foot on the ground before proceeding.
- Wear your helmet at all times when on your bicycle.
- Ride single file and leave at least one bike length between you and the Cyclist 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. Before passing, call out loudly, “On your left!”
- If you are cycling with a group, each Cyclist must call out and pass only when it is safe.
- Never wear headphones while on your bike. The use of cell phones, iPods, speakers, cameras or other electronic device is prohibited while cycling. A mounted bike computer or phone based app may be used for directionals as long as it is not touched while cycling.
- 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.
Week of Event Rules & Regulations
- Obey instructions of all law enforcement personnel, AIDS/LifeCycle staff and Roadies.
- Keep your bike frame number visible at all times on the route and in bike parking.
- Use the tents provided by AIDS/LifeCycle and camp only in your designated space on the grid.
- Do not tamper with any logistical, electrical or structural equipment on the event.
- Use only the cell phone charging tent to charge your phone or battery pack. Any Participant’s equipment found plugged into the event’s electrical supply will be confiscated.
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