Safety And Etiquette
Join us on sample date
We want to keep each of our riders as safe as possible. To do that, we will enforce the rules governed by the state for bicycling, as well as encourage every rider to embrace the tips suggested by the League of American Bicyclists found below.
On the Road
- The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists.
- Obey all traffic control devices.
- Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns.
- Always wear a properly fitting helmet.
- Ride on the right
- Always ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Use the furthest right lane that heads to your destination.
- Slower moving cyclists and motorists stay to the right.
- Ride predictably.
- Ride in a straight line.
- Don't swerve in the road or between parked cars.
- Check for traffic before entering street or intersection.
- Anticipate hazards and adjust your position accordingly.
On the Trails
- Bicyclists should wear helmets. Pennsylvania State Law mandates that children under 12 years old wear safety-approved helmets.
- Keep right, except to pass.
- Pass others on the left. Just like out on the road, faster trail users should pass slower users on the left. Give an audible warning with a bell, or call out "Passing on your left!"
- Bicyclists yield to walkers/hikers.
- Maximum speed is 15 mph
- Don't litter along the trails. Leave only tire tracks; take only pictures.
Get a Tune Up
- Before participating in any group or long-distance ride it’s a good idea for your bike to have a professional tune up and safety inspection at one of the many great bike shops around Pittsburgh.
A message from Dr. John Kirkwood, Director of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center & member of the 3-2-1 Ride’s development staff:
Participants will receive sunscreen samples, but we recommend that you apply sunscreen before you arrive. For help deciding which sunscreen is the right one for you, check out the Environmental Working Group's Guide to Sunscreens.
"The use of effective sunscreen/sunblock is recommended for all participants. We suggest products that contain titanium dioxide/zinc oxide (‘helioplex’) for this and other outdoor events, along with protective clothing, including hats, that may minimize direct exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when impact of the sun’s UV is greatest."