GSW Night Riding Guidelines
MANDATORY, required by law, a white light visible from a distance of 300
feet (RSA 266:86). Recommend minimum power of 10 watts, and of a sufficient
duration for the length of the ride.
Rear - MANDATORY,
a red reflector visible to a distance of 300 feet. A red light visible
from 300 feet may be used in addition to the red reflector. Recommend
red Vistalight (TM) type device, either flashing or steady.
recommended, flashlight or other device for use in emergency.
Pedal - required
by law (RSA266:87). Requirement may be satisfied by reflective material
on shoe/shoe covers. Must be visible for 200 feet in front or rear of
material/tape/clothing is strongly encouraged wherever possible. Reflective
arm and leg bands are especially suggested.
glasses are recommended for their help in cutting glare and in helping
to preserve "night vision" when encountering oncoming headlights.
wherever possible, low traffic routes are recommended.
Road Selection - wherever possible, roads with wide shoulders are preferred.
Areas that have some level of ambient light (street lights, for example)
- groups should be limited to no more than six (6) riders per leader.
If a larger turnout is anticipated, multiple ride leaders should be planned
Liability waivers - As in other GSW rides, riders will be required to
sign the standard GSW sign-up sheet which has the standard waiver of liability
on the back.
Pace - because of reduced visibility, a slower than normal pace is recommended.
This will be determined by the riding conditions and experience of the
riders in attendance.
Helmets - are mandatory.
- Wear light/bright colored clothing allowing for additional visibility
leader requirements - It is recommended that only experienced ride leaders
lead these night rides.
These riding guidelines will be published periodically in Pedal Talk.
Because road rides take place on public roads, ride leaders cannot prevent
a rider who is not in compliance with the above guidelines from riding.
The ride leader will have the authority to tell the rider that he/she
is operating in an unsafe condition and will not be considered part of
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