SOAR Ride Guidelines



  • A safe ride is an enjoyable ride. Safety above all else!


  • You are expected to start with a full tank.  If you need fuel outside of a scheduled stop, the group will not stop with you.


  • Ride in a staggered line.  It makes the group more manageable for the leader.


  • Leaders will observe posted speed limits, however, due to the laws of physics, bikes at the back of the group will likely need to go faster.  If you are less comfortable with higher speeds, ride closer to the front.  Communicate with your leader at any time if you feel you can’t keep up (the sooner the better).


  • Observe posted road signs.


  • Use hand signals to point out road hazards such as roadkill, cyclists, and pedestrians.


  • Bunch up at stop signs/lights and proceed 2 by 2 to move through the intersection faster.


  • At intersections, we are occasionally motioned through by understanding motorists who don’t want to split us up.  Please watch for this and give them a wave of thanks on your way by! (By law, you still need to come to a complete stop.)


  • Do not stop traffic for the group to turn a corner.  Not only is it a safety hazard, it is also illegal.


  • Absolutely no passing of other bikes in the group.


  • Keep a safe following distance, but ride close enough to keep other vehicles from cutting in line.


  • Ride with your headlights on dim.  It will be easier for the leader to spot the sweep, who will ride with his/her brights on.


  • If the group gets separated, assume you will continue going straight; if you need to make a turn, someone will be waiting at the corner to direct you.


  • At fuel stops, do your business quickly.  There will be time later to visit. Leaders will let you know how much farther to the next opportunity.  


  • If you can wait to get gas, please do.  Move away from the pumps when finished to avoid blocking them.


  • At gas stations and other stops, do not block driveways, and business entrances/exits.


  • Stay hydrated, especially on hot days.


  • When parking at the destination, pull straight into the parking space, 2 to a stall if possible.  We need to be efficient, and backing in takes unnecessary time.


  • Let your ride leader or sweep know if you are separating from the group for any reason.


  • Report any unsafe riding behavior to your leader or sweep.



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