- Safety is priority #1
- This is not a “race”, but rather a self-paced ride / non-competitive
- Helmets are mandatory. An approved cycling helmet is required. Cyclists must wear a certified cycling helmet with the chinstrap buckled at all times while riding on the course
- Ride within the designated route. Ride safely and in control and single file whenever possible. Any cyclist who is deemed to be riding unsafely, discourteously or recklessly will be removed from the Okanagan Trestles Tour
- Emergency Vehicles ALWAYS have the right of way. If a rider encounters an emergency vehicle, the rider is to give way to the emergency vehicle by pulling over, stopping and dismounting
- Display your event number. All registered cyclists must wear their event number according to the event instructions.
- Participants are recommended to use standard mountain bikes. (There are sandy sections)
- No MP3 players, headphones, personal stereos or usage of cell phones while riding
- Walkers have the right-of-way on the trestles
- No littering on course. Riders are to dispose of garbage in designated garbage bins only
- All riders are to obey traffic officers and course marshals
- Be aware of others around you and communicate well in advance while cycling. Use gestures in combination with verbal commands. Pass on the left only. It is recommended that cyclists advise others that they are about to pass – politely saying “on your left” upon approaching a rider usually does the trick. Ride with your head up.
- If you choose to stop while on course, signal to the riders behind and pull over safely. Our on-course support team (mechanics, ride marshals, first aid staff) may ask you to indicate whether or not you need assistance. If you’re okay, then signal with a “thumbs-up” to say, “Everything’s good with me.”
- Maintain control and speed of your bike, at all times.
- Know your limits. Crashes can occur when inexperienced riders do not have bike-handling skills to make quick decisions in a group of riders.
- Never overlap your wheels with another cyclist.
- Be respectful of other riders and help others when needed.