Why Promote Safe Bicycle riding?
The honest answer to this was that we never planned on becoming advocates for safety - in fact, in the very early years of the DCR, the goal was nothing more than to have fun with friends on bikes. As the ride grew, it became increasingly apparent that a "code" of sorts was going to have to be implemented in order to encourage an atmosphere that didn't appear as a pell mell, anarchist free for all on the streets of Denver each and every summer's Wednesday night.
By encouraging riders of all levels/stripes to learn how to be "Good Cruisers," the DCR has flourished. Embraced by city, police, and advocacy groups, not just in Denver, but across the nation, the DCR has become a model of sorts for social riding in general. The DCR continues to work to inspire those that participate on a weekly basis to become familiar with the rules of the road, and to understand fully the local codes and customs pertaining to bicycle operation in Denver.
This by no means is a perfect science. We have our share of ongoing issues with a group of this size, and there is always those that REFUSE to abide by the very easy to understand Denver Municipal Bicycle Code. This unsavory behavior causes heartburn, not just for the organiziers, but for each of the individuals who love the DCR; and on a macro level for everyone that rides a bicycle in the Denver metro area.
The goal of the DCR has always been to create a safe environment for all riders, not just on Wednesdays - we like to think that we are encouraging folks who otherwise wouldn't venture onto the the city's streets on a bike to change their behavior. This is the positive change we believe in, and desire that each rider embrace the code of the DCR, and then use your influence with your friends and peers to do the same.
As luck would have it we cannot control, nor do we desire to, every individual rider's behavior. We promote personal responsibility, and it is each rider's responsibility to take care of themselves, and if they choose to ride with us, then they accept those risks inherent in riding with a bicycle with large group of other people riding bicycles.
The Denver Cruiser Ride has a liability waiver that each rider acknowledges that they've read HERE