Flashing Lights - Front & rear flashing lights provide visibility to approaching vehicles up to 1 km away. If you ride with a Garmin Edge device, consider Garmin's RTL-515 rear light with radar. Read the DC Rainmaker review. Lezyne strip lights, front and rear, are visible up to 1 km with attention-getting flash patterns.
Ear buds are not allowed! Please, no ear buds or other distracting devices.
Avoiding Busy Roads - We give preference to routes that avoid busy stretches of road, especially stretches with heavy truck traffic.
Communicate and Listen - Always keep in mind, "communicate and listen". Many (most?) cycling calls or commands are derivatives or applications of this rule.
When to Bunch Ride - Consider riding in a bunch of less than 8 when there is traffic on the road, thereby allowing the traffic to get by the bunch in a single pass.
When to Single File - Consider the following factors in deciding whether it is prudent to ride single file on a stretch of road - driver visibility (e.g. fog, proximity to the top of a hill, bright sunligh), the length of the stretch, traffic density, traffic speed, whether the traffic includes dump trucks, the number of lanes, whether there is a useable shoulder, and anything else you consider relevant. In other words, a decision to ride single file needs to be based on safety concerns.
Never Escalate Never do anything that might cause an encounter with an irate or frustrated driver to escalate.
Talk Through Safety Issues - Above all else, try and talk through safety issues with your fellow riders as they arise.