Rules of the Road from the Midnight Ridazz Applies to ArtRides Too:

In an effort to maintain that our rides are ArtRides not RudeRides, here are some Rules of the Road as developed by LA’s Midnight Ridazz. They apply to the ArtRides too–and certainly to this Friday’s Santacon.
Stay out of the left lane. Stay to the right.

Most routes take Ridazz down 4 lane streets… This allows for the use of one entire lane while allowing for automobiles to continue using the left lane to pass on by. This is perhaps the most important rule we can follow. This also means maintaining the right lane as our own not to be confused with the right hand turn lane which some Ridazz tend to drift into when it becomes available or when there are no longer parked cars blocking it. We get one single un-obstructed lane and we maintain this lane until the route changes direction.

Don’t Litter.

There’s nothing that hurts the Ridazz reputation quite like the mess of trash that invariably gets left behind at every rest stop we make. Please show respect for the neighborhood and for the small businesses by picking up after yourself and your friends.

Make some noise!

Bicycle riders need to be noticed. Not because of their silly aviator goggles, but because being noticed means that drivers hear them and then see them…. and therefore avoid hitting them. We’re not talking about yelling at drivers or scaring people… We’re talking about whistles, cat calls, wolf howls and any other sexy noises you can muster that will put drivers on alert especially while crossing through an intersection. It’s for YOUR safety.

Bicycle riders need to be notified of dangers. Potholes, cracks, railroad tracks… They can all cause serious injury. When a rida observes any such hazzards in the road they speak up and pass the message back. “Pothole to the right! Pass it back!” “Stop ahead!” “Slowing down slowing down!” All of these signals help keep the beast moving along SAFELY.

No Rida Left Behind.

We’ve come a long way since the days of 30 Ridazz and everyone of them being able to stop when a fellow Rida was in trouble. Today this timeless slogan continues to be an important rule. Because it is simply impossible to stop 1000+ riders in their tracks for every person that gets a flat or experiences a mechanical failure we need to re-define what that slogan means. Understand that you as an individual rider are responsible for your well being. Have a buddy on the ride and stay in touch via cell phone. Make some contacts while getting ready at the start. It is EXTREMELY important to have your bicycle in good working order before you ride. Bring a flat fix kit, tubes and tools. You owe it to yourself to be prepared. And if you happen to see a lone rida stranded on the side, use that opportunity to make a new friend and help them out… No rida left behind.

Slowing down or stopping? Move to the right!

If you have to suddenly slow down or you need to stop. Move as quickly as possible to the right and out of the way. Make sure you aren’t cutting someone off in the process!

Enforcing the Rulezz?

Nobody wants to be told by some “busybody” how to ride… Yet we all want to experience a flowing harmonious ride that keeps everyone safe and out of the cops radar. So how do you communicate to a rida that he or she is being a drag? Speak up! A simple “Stay to the right” is often enough to remind a rida that they’re slipping. If you see a knucklehead throwing a bottle or littering simply boo that person. It’s called community shaming. When everyone participates, it really works. Thanks for making Ridazz safe and fun for the years to come.

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