Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
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Where do deCycles stay?
Overnight stopovers are mostly prearranged. You will unroll your sleeping bag in school gyms, YMCA's, churches, and public facilities. These trips are relatively inexpensive because our overnight accommodations are usually free of charge. The deCycles will always leave these facilities spotless and in good condition. Arrival and departure in towns and cities can be quite spectacular. A large group of cyclists always draws interest from townspeople. Weekend stay overs are especially fun and restful.

Is it safe?
You will receive detailed information on safety when you register, and part of your orientation and practice rides will be devoted to maximizing safety on this deCycles trip. There will also be mandatory safety meetings scheduled during the trip. The deCycles will require and encourage basic safety guidelines such as wearing a helmet & cycling gloves, and following "rules of the road." The riders will learn effective ways of riding in groups on flat/hilly terrain, cities and towns, highways and back roads. They will learn to communicate road hazards and traffic conditions to others.

The deCycles unique riding style has been refined and improved over the years. There are no road-hogging packs or disorderly clumps of riders. There are no stray riders spread out over long distances. All riders wear brightly colored shirts and helmets. Each bike has a flagpole with orange safety flag attached or a high lumen taillight for high visibility. The cyclists are divided into 9-10 groups of six riders with even spacing between each group to allow safe traffic flow. They ride single file, in precision fashion, creating the appearance of a well-trained drill team. Riders communicate constantly between themselves to warn of road hazards and mechanical problems. Several support vehicles drive back and forth constantly monitoring the individual groups and assessing road surface, traffic flow, and weather conditions. The entire entourage is a spectacle similar to a parade and tends to slow traffic and attract motorist's interest. The deCycles support vehicles are equipped with first-aid supplies and communication devices for possible emergencies. Group leaders also utilize communication devices. Adult staff supervise and supply the riders with water, juice, fruit, trail food, lunch, sunscreen, and moral support. Rest stops are scheduled every 15-25 miles.

There are significant risks associated with bicycle riding in any situation. Road conditions, including bad weather and heavy traffic, can lead to unsafe cycling conditions which are beyond the control of the cyclist . The deCycles will do everything possible to help minimize the risks and have a safe and comfortable ride. You should realize, however, that you could find yourself in potentially dangerous situations. You must share the responsibility for your safety and that of other riders during your ride. You should understand that deCycles can only minimize risks to cyclists, but cannot eliminate them. Feel free to contact deCycles for any specific concerns on safety.