Rules of the Road
INFRACTIONS OF RIDE GUIDELINES AND LOCAL/STATE LAWS
With the growth of the B2VT, there have been increasing concerns about safety. For example, in 2008 and 2009 we had numerous complaints from the towns of Carlisle and Groton about cyclists riding all over the roads, creating hazards for motorists and cyclists alike. The rules of the road exist to ensure the safety of all; we expect participants in the B2VT to follow the same rules. We are sharing the roads of New England with motorists, pedestrians and your fellow cyclists. You are riding through other people’s hometowns and home states, so please be respectful. We will not tolerate scofflaws as it challenges the future of the B2VT and compromises your safety and the safety of others.
Some particularly important guidelines:
- Single file riding is the standard. Only ride two abreast when conditions allow. Never ride more than two abreast, and do not cross the double yellow line in the center of the road, expect to make a left turn.
- Keep groups small. For this reason, we prohibit riders from joining the ride in progress. You must start the ride at the starting point in Bedford.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Do not litter.
- Do not urinate in public. We have increased the availability of porta-potties along the route significantly.
*Infractions of laws and guidelines will result in cyclists losing the opportunity to ride in the B2VT in the future.
Several towns along the route have stationed police officers on the roads and will record the bib numbers of any cyclists not abiding by the rules of the road.
We will also have Massachusetts State Police on motorcycles patrolling the ride out to the first rest stop. Riders who do not follow the rules will be subject to action by the police and the B2VT Road Crew which can include pulling you from the ride immediately and banning you from future B2VT rides. Your safety and the safety of others is dependent on you following proper cycling etiquette and laws. Violators will not be tolerated.