We have heard about and witnessed far too many accidents involving our friends and others, and so we take both this subject and our obligations to ride responsibly, whether on a path or road, in a group or alone, very seriously. We encourage you to do the same.
We as cyclists have two major safety threats: cars and cyclists (both ourselves and other cyclists around us), both of which we try to address here.
Two good overall rules for the road, whether driving or riding, are 1) Drive like the person ahead on the bike is your son/daughter; and 2) Ride like the cars around you are ambulances carrying your loved ones to the emergency room.
Always carry or wear some form of identification and emergency contact info; particularly, if you are riding alone!
Wear a helmet at all times when cycling. It's the law in many places, and its common sense everywhere. Protect your brain. One crash and you will understand! Helmets are required on all Summit Biking group rides.
The official Colorado Dept of Transportation Guide for using roads & trails.
Colorado State Statute pertaining to cycling
Breckenridge, Dillon and unincorporated Summit County have all adopted variations of the “Idaho Law” allowing cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs and in Breck & Summit County, treat stop lights as stop signs. See pages 2 & 3 for more details. Please note that Frisco and Silverthorne have NOT adopted a similar ordinance.
Some (admittedly obvious but not always followed) practices for riding on multi-use paths.
Formal Summit County Recreational Path Regulations
Riding in groups can be informal as our weekly group rides, or more formal such as in pacelines, etc. Here are some pointers for each.
With thousands of cyclists on the roads together for charity or other major rides, riding safely is everyone’s responsibility. Despite the importance of rider safety, most of the resources cover only the very basic ideas of complying with traffic laws, wearing a helmet, and making sure your bike is in good working order. That’s a good start, but riding safely also has a great deal to do with your skills, habits, and attitude on the bike
We are fortunate to have an extensive bike path system in Summit County; however, we all end up on the road at some point, whether it be meandering around town, riding between sections of path or riding other places. This article takes a good look at auto/cyclist safety and how we can minimize our risk.
Here are some more suggestions and information.