Required Pledge Minimum Policy
All riders (team captains, team members and individual riders) are required to raise a minimum of $250 in donations in addition to the registration fee regardless of attendance at the Bike MS Ride. Registered riders will not be held responsible for the $250 required pledge minimum only if the Oregon Chapter has been notified in writing of your withdrawal from the event by June 30, 2012.
This required pledge minimum must be fulfilled prior to participation in the event. Riders who have not fulfilled their required pledge minimum will not be permitted to ride. Deadline for pledge minimum for all Bike MS rides for the Oregon Chapter will be the day of the ride.
Participation in the Bike MS Ride is at the discretion of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter. Registration fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and not applicable to the required pledge minimum amount of $250. Riders must be at least 12 years old to participate.
Rules of the Ride: Road Etiquette and Safety
Bike MS is NOT a race. The event is conducted on open roads. Motor vehicle traffic is present throughout the course at all times.
- Ride single file and as far to the right of the road as is safely possible.
- Pass on the left side only.
- Communicate with your fellow riders using proper cycling terms such as "on your left," "car back," “stopping,” etc. or use hand signals.
- Hand signals for stopping: arm out and down with your palm to the rear to signal slowing or stopping.
- Hand signals for turning: left arm straight out to signal a left turn; put your right arm straight out or put your left arm out and up for a right turn.
- Obey all traffic laws and signals. ALWAYS stop at stop signs. Your bicycle is legally considered a vehicle.
- Ride in control of your bike at all times (no sudden braking, maintain a straight line as much as possible).
- Be Predictable: Group riding requires even more attention to predictability than riding alone. Call out potential hazards, stops and changes in direction to other riders, and follow the rules of the road.
- Do not wear headphones.
- Ride WITH traffic not against it.
- Make eye contact with drivers so you know they have seen you.
- Take a full lane when safety dictates. Pull off to let traffic pass when necessary.
- Ride no more than two abreast. Interfering with passing cars is a serious hazard.
- ANSI/SNELL APPROVED HELMETS ARE MANDATORY.