Ride Safety

Ride Safety


MTCC Philly Ride Rating System

Safety begins with each individual cyclist; and is a product of the rider’s attitude, behaviors and skills.  The role of our club is to promote and support cycling safety, identify best safety practices, and nurture an environment that helps its members ride safely.


Safe Cycling Best practices

1.     Ride in bike lanes when available
2.     Ride as far to the right on roads as practicable
3.     Obey traffic laws –Bicycles are legal vehicles|

a.     Always ride on the right side of the road – ride with traffic
b.    Always stop at red lights and stop signs

4.     Call out approaching vehicles: “Car Up:” “Car Back”
5.     Use hand signals and reinforce verbally

a.     Hand down and call out “Slowing” or “Stopping”
b.    Point left or right and call out “Turning”
c.     Point to obstacles in the road and call out “Glass", ”Hole”, ”Bump”, etc.
d.    Repeat Signals you receive for riders behind you

6.     Pass other bicycles and pedestrians on the left and call out “On your Left”
7.     Be Predictable – no sudden moves

a.     Hold your line and speed
b.    Look and use hand signals before making changes

8.     Be alert and aware – Continuously scan your surroundings

a.     Never overlap your front wheel with the back wheel of the rider ahead
b.    Anticipate potential problems
c.     Maintain enough space around yourself so you can respond to the unexpected

9.     Be Visible – Assume you are invisible

a.     Use bike lights
b.    Wear bright or light colors

10.  Leave the road or bike lane completely when stopping – don’t hinder the progress of other cyclists or vehicles
11.  Call out if you need assistance. No one lost or left behind during group rides – take care of each other
12.  Be prepared: Go to the Be Prepared web page for a listing of items that every rider should carry with them at all time.
13.  Be courteous at all times and acknowledge courteous behavior
14.  Encourage others to follow “Safe Cycling Best Practices”

Be Prepared

Riders should always be prepared for problems they may face while riding.  It is expected that every participant in a MTCCP ride have the following essentials with them on a ride.

The Essentials 

    1. Tube: At least two 
    2. Tire Levers 
    3. Pump / CO2 Cartridges
    4. Patch Kit
    5. Multi – Tool 
    6. Water or Electrolyte Fluids
    7. Money
    8. Identification

 The Nice to Have

    1. Cell Phone: Share phone numbers at the beginning of a ride to be able to contact each other in case of separation.
    2. Credit Card
    3. Food/snacks for longer rides
    4. Bike Lights
    5. S Link
    6. Valve extension for deep dish wheels