We want you to enjoy your rides through Louisiana, but first and foremost, we want you to be safe! Please follow these guidelines and all other normal rules of the road.
- Use of bicycles on any Louisiana interstate is prohibited.
- Always wear your helmet. Be sure it covers your forehead and fits properly.
- Ride on the right. Always ride with traffic.
- Look and signal before turning.
- The weather in Louisiana can be hot and humid. Drink fluids, keep your water bottle filled and, if possible, carry an extra bottle of water.
- Ride single-file if you are riding with a group.
- If you stop, get completely off the road.
- Don't follow too closely. Most accidents on rides occur when cyclists run into other cyclists. Keep at least one bike length between riders.
- Obey all traffic laws. Stop at stop signs and lights, and obey one-way streets.
- Ride defensively. Always be aware of other riders, vehicles and pedestrians. Never assume you know what they are going to do.
- Do not ride before daylight or after dusk unless you have proper lights on your bike.
- Use hand signals to warn other cyclists and vehicles of your intentions: arm straight out for left turn, arm straight up for right turn, and arm straight down for stop; also, warn cyclists if you are passing left.
- Ride in a predictable manner. Ride in a straight line. Don't swerve between parked cars.
- Take great care with left-hand turns. If necessary, get off the road and then make your turn when you are sure it's safe to do so.