Bend Bikes asks all bicycle riders to follow How We Roll to promote the positive during our rides.

Have Fun!

It is a joyous occasion to celebrate community by bicycle!

Ride Prepared

Check your bicycle before the ride. Air, Brakes, and Chain. If you have quick releases, make sure they are tight. Use lights and reflectors. Be prepared to ride Bend city streets which may have traffic, train tracks, occasional steep hills, and other hazards.

The ride maintains a leisurely cruising speed. Routes are designed for a wide range of riders to keep pace.

Bring friends and make new ones riding at your speed. Within your friends be prepared with a flat kit or to fix basic mechanical troubles. If you see someone in need, it’s good bike etiquette to help. That’s also a great way to make new friends in the biking community.

Communicate

Use hand signals to communicate with everyone. Use your voice too. (Left turning!) Crashing sucks!

hand signals

Stay in the Right Lane

When possible and available, to ease traffic congestion, we ride in the right lane and allow car drivers to pass in the left lanes. However, if we need to “take the lane,” Oregon law allows us to do so. Bicycle riders are required to ride as close as practicable (successful) to the right curb or edge of the roadway, except:

  • when proceeding at the speed of traffic,
  • when the lane is not wide enough for safe passage,
  • to avoid hazards in the bike lane,
  • left turning or traveling straight through intersection,
  • overtaking a slower moving vehicle.

Some routes will require all riders to observe one or more of the above exceptions for a successful and fun ride.

Stop at Red Lights and Stop Signs

    1. It protects the ride!
        The number one complaint against organized rides is running red lights and failing to stop and stop signs. Don’t give the city officials, or residents an excuse to hate.
    2. It avoids tickets and avoids crashes!
        We don’t want anyone to get hit by a car or have to pay a $300 ticket for running a red light or stop sign. Be safe and save your money by stopping.
    3. It models bicycle community!
        As bicycle riders, we need drivers to respect our rights to share the road. However, in order to get respect, we must also give respect. As such a large visible group, we need to show drivers and fellow riders how to share the road by stopping at red lights and stop signs.
    4. Yelling, “Clear,” and indicating to others they do not need to stop, is NOT how we roll.

Leave No Trace

Please make sure you throw away your trash at all points and remind your fellow riders that it is NOT OK to litter.

Ride Predictably and under Control

It is important to ride predictably. Don’t weave, make sudden turns, or make sudden stops. Straight line riding rocks!

See and Be Seen

Lights and reflectors are a great idea to be seen while on our rides. Especially as Fall settles in and daylight hours get shorter.

Roll Past Conflict

If you see an angry driver or pedestrian, roll past it. Don’t engage in shouting matches or violent people. Just enjoy your ride. If you see a fellow cyclist stopped in anger, remind them to roll past a conflict.

Sustaining a Culture

The handful of volunteers that organize the rides cannot be the only ones who remind others about how we roll. We need you to speak up!

No one wants to be an authority figure, but the only way to keep a ride going and safe is to be vocal the ethic of Bend Bikes’ rides.  A simple, “Stay to the right,” is often enough to remind a rider that he or she is slipping.  If a person is new to the ride, let them know, “We stop at reds.”  It’s easy to sustain a positive culture on our rides when our active participants act as role models and speak up!