Understanding the 3 Feet to Pass Law
Overview of Rule of the Road
Please check out the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Videos for more tips on how to ride safely on the roads and in an urban environment
Rules of the Road
The Denver Century Ride is a rules of the road ride. The only time you do not need to stop at a stop sign or red light is if a police officer or Colorado State Patrol wave you through. If the Denver Century Ride receives reports of risky behavior we will seek out the cyclist and remove them from the remainder of the ride.
The Denver Century Ride is held on open roads with the only closed road being Blake Street from 20th to 15th Streets.
- Bicyclists have all the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle and can be penalized for violating traffic laws.
- Obey traffic laws, signs and signals
- Ride in the right lane, except when passing another vehicle, preparing for a left turn or avoiding hazards
- Ride on paved shoulders and bike lanes when present and free of hazards
- Ride on the right, never ride against traffic
- Ride no more than two abreast, returning to single-file if riding two abreast would impede the flow of traffic
- On curving canyon roads without bike lanes or shoulders, play it safe and ride single file
- Use hand signals to indicate right or left turns, slowing or stopping
- Act like a vehicle on the roads — bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities
- Never assume motorists see you or that you have the right-of-way
- Wear appropriate gear to protect yourself: glasses and gloves
- Helmets are required
- Expect the unexpected; your first responsibility is to be safe
If a person driving a motor vehicle behaves aggressively or dangerously, dial *CSP (*277) from your cell phone to reach the Colorado State Patrol. You’ll need to provide the vehicle license plate number (mandatory), location and direction of travel, vehicle and driver description and a description of the aggressive behavior.