Actions on Unsafe Rider Behaviors

Action on Unsafe Rider Behaviors during the Ride

Unsafe rider behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Violation of one or more event rules
  • Violation of one or more rules of proper cycling etiquette
  • Violation of state and local traffic laws
  • Failing to follow directives from police, Bike Ride Officials, or volunteers
  • Performing any action that presents a safety hazard or could cause harm to anyone affiliated with the ride

Underage Riders (Youth Riders) Not Accompanied by a Parent or Guardian

All ride participants between the ages of 12 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the BP MS 150 at all times, as noted in the signed and notarized Waiver and Release of Liability form submitted at Packet Pick-Up.

If a law enforcement officer, Ride Marshal, Motorcycle Marshal, or other Ride Official encounters an underage participant riding without a parent or guardian, that rider will be taken via SAG vehicle to either the Lunch stop or Overnight site on Day 1, or Lunch stop or Finish Line on Day 2, depending on the underage rider's location on the route when picked up.

The rider's emergency contact, as listed on the back of the rider number bib, will be called so the parent or guardian can meet the underage participant at the appropriate location and continue riding together.

Riders without Helmets

All participants in the ride are required to wear a cycling helmet. If a Ride Official notices a cyclist riding without a helmet, the rider will be asked to safely exit the course and will be reminded that he or she must wear a helmet. A SAG vehicle will take the rider to the next Breakpoint, where he or she can purchase a helmet. Once the rider is wearing a cycling helmet, they will be able to continue to participate in the ride.

Any participant who does not comply with the helmet requirement will be in violation of their BP MS 150 registration agreement. The rider will be required to surrender their rider number and will no longer be considered a ride participant. Riders in non-compliance with the mandatory helmet guideline will be banned for five years from future participation in ALL National MS Society ride events.

Other Rider Violations

Riders found to be exhibiting unsafe behavior will be warned by Ride Officials. Riders who do not comply with these warnings may be required to surrender their rider numbers. All riders exhibiting unsafe behavior will be contacted after the ride by the National MS Society and will be required to take and pass a Group Riding Skills Course to be able to participate in future rides.

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