Safety on the Road

  • Paceline is not a race.
  • The ride is conducted on open roads. Motor vehicle traffic will be present.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Obey all traffic signs, signals, and police officer instruction
  • Ride as far to the right of the road as is safely possible, except to pass.
  • Do not ride more than 2 abreast on the road. If a shoulder does not exist please ride single file.
  • Pass on the left side only.
  • Helmets must be worn at all times while riding.
  • Headphones, iPods and radios are not allowed while riding.
  • Endangering the safety of your fellow riders is strictly prohibited.
  • Ride defensively in consideration of your fellow riders and ride in control of your bike at all times (i.e. be able to stop within a reasonable distance).
  • Communicate with your fellow riders using proper cycling terms such as “On your left,” “Car back,” etc.
  • Use proper hand signals when turning.
  • Make left turns from center of road or left turn lane.
  • Cross railroad tracks at right angles to avoid dropping wheels into space between the rails and road.
  • Do not cross the yellow centerline regardless of passing zone.
  • Obey instructions from the Paceline road crew and pay attention to information posted on Paceline road signs.

Stay Safe While Riding

Wear the proper gear:
Bike-specific clothing make a more comfortable ride.
And a properly fitting bike helmet is required of all riders

How to Properly Fit a Bike Helmet:

Be Reliable:
Group riding requires more consistency and predictability than individual riding.
Other riders will expect you to continue at a consistent speed and direction unless you signal a change.
Communicate: Use hand and verbal signals to communicate to your fellow riders and motorists. Communicate changes in your riding speed and direction before you make them. To notify your group of a change, the pack lead rider should call out “left turn” or “right turn” in addition to hand signaling.


Passing fellow riders should be done safely. Slower traffic should stay right so others can pass on the left. Say “on your left” to warn the cyclist ahead of you that you are passing. If you need to pass someone on the right, say “on your right” clearly since this is an unusual maneuver.

Use Caution:

Riders are expected to use caution and good judgement at all times. When riding in a group, most of the cyclists do not have a good view of the road surface ahead, so it is important to announce holes, glass, sand, grates, and other hazards. The leader should indicate hazards by pointing down to the left or right, and by shouting “hole,” “bump,” etc. where required for safety.


Just as riders in back can’t see approaching hazards from the front, Lead riders can’t see traffic coming from the rear. It is the responsibility of the riders in back to inform others by announcing “car back” when rounding curves, or narrow road, or when riding double. It is also expected for lead riders to warn of approaching traffic from the front with “car up”