ADVENTURE CYCLING RULES OF THE ROAD
These “Rules of the Road” are important tour policies. They’ve evolved during the 35 years that Adventure Cycling has been running tours, and are based on what we’ve learned from actual on-the-road experience. Please respect them; remember that a group, with its diverse personalities, requires a basic structure in order to function smoothly.
- A helmet (ANSI, CSC, and/or Snell approved) MUST be worn while riding, both during the day’s ride and for any short trips from your overnight destination. It’s a safety measure and required by our insurance company.
- Display the provided safety triangle on yourself or your bike so that it is visible from behind.
- Headphones or dual earpieces (except hearing aids) are not allowed while riding.
- Obey traffic laws and ride single file; drafting is discouraged.
- Alcohol should not be purchased with group funds.
- Never operate a stove on a table where people are sitting.
- Whenever stopping, get at least 10 feet off the road. If there isn’t room then move to a safer area.
- Tour leaders have the right and responsibility to insist that a participant receive professional medical attention.
- Don’t park bicycles against windows, gas pumps or near doorways.
- Do not use personal eating utensils, knives, etc. to prepare group food.
- Wash dishes at your campsite or in a designated “slop sink.” Do not wash dishes in restrooms, at pumps or at water taps. Soap should never be used in streams or lakes.
- Never take personal food into a restaurant.
- Do not hitchhike.
WHAT YOU RECEIVE
Self-contained tour prices include meals, camping fees, maps, safety triangle and cycling schwag. Items not included are transportation to and from the tour, personal spending money, overnight accommodations other than those used by the group, bicycle repairs and parts, extra snacks and alcohol.
Group funds are carried by the leader to cover group meals, overnights and miscellaneous expenses.
Health Insurance: We strongly suggest that you continue, or obtain, major medical coverage during your tour. Existing homeowner’s, tenant’s, or auto insurance could be useful in case of theft during your tour. Check with your insurance agent before you suspend existing coverage.
Travel Insurance: Our sincere wish is for every trip participant to attend and complete the tour of their choice. In an effort to plan for unexpected personal emergencies, health issues, weather, and transportation problems that might cause you to cancel or shorten your trip, travel insurance is strongly advised! Adventure Cycling and MH Ross Travel Insurance Services Inc. are now working together to offer two comprehensive travel insurance packages, which you can find at www.adventurecycing.org/travel insurance or by calling 800-855-9095.
STARTING POINT FACILITIES
Your tour will begin with on the afternoon or evening of Day 1, the “Starting date” on your payment receipt (except on tours with other instructions). Allow time before the meeting to assemble your bicycle, since you will begin riding the next morning. Many participants, including the leader in most cases, arrive at the starting point a day or two early, which makes for a more relaxed beginning to the trip.