While we want everyone to have fun, your safety is our number-one concern. Below you’ll see our safety agreement, which includes the most important things to keep in mind when participating in Venus de Miles.  We ask every participant to take some time to get familiar with the rules of the road so you can be respectful of your fellow participants, motorists, local residents, and the communities that graciously host Venus de Miles year after year.  

Venus de Miles is conducted on open roads with vehicular traffic. Roads include both marked and unmarked hazards. Though we go to great lengths to make the event as safe as possible, always remember that safety is in your own hands. You must participate by these rules: 

  • Riders must wear a helmet at all times - NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Participants must wear the bib number assigned in their name.  It is strictly prohibited to give anyone else your bib number to participate in Venus de Miles.
  • Ride or run single file. Maximum of two abreast when conditions allow; do not impede traffic.
  • Ride or run as far right as reasonable.
  • Rules of the road apply; you have the same responsibilities as drivers.  
  • Obey all traffic lights, signs, and regulations.
  • Carry ID and relevant medical information.
  • Pass only on the left; announce “passing,” or “hello,” or “on your left.”
  • Use hand signals to indicate road hazards, stopping, slowing, and right, and left turns.
  • Prepare properly - train in advance to avoid injury, bring light food and water to have on hand in between rest stops, and bring layers.
  • No Burleys are permitted on the ride. You are welcome to have your child on a tag along bike or tandem, however you need to register them separately.
  • No headphones for riders (really). We’ll provide the music; please leave your headphones at home. 
  • Riding or running safely and considerately is vital to your enjoyment and the safety of other participants.
  • Please be respectful to everyone you encounter on event day; participants, volunteers, law enforcement, and the environment.