Group Riding

Be predictable

  • In a group, your actions affect those around you, not just yourself
  • Riders expect you to continue straight and at a constant speed
  • Signal your intention to turn or slow down before you do so

Use signals

  • Use hand signals to indicate turns and point out hazards to others
  • Left or right arm straight out to indicate left or right turn
  • Left arm out and down with palm to the rear to indicate stopping

Give warnings

  • Ride leaders should call out right turns, left turns and stops in addition to signaling
  • Announce turns before the intersections to give riders a chance to position themselves
  • Try to avoid sudden stops or turns except for emergencies

Change positions correctly

  • Slower moving traffic stays to the right; faster traffic to the left
  • Pass slower moving vehicles on the left; announce your intention to do so
  • Announce passes on the right clearly as this is not a usual maneuver

Announce hazards

  • Most cyclists do not have a full view of the road while riding in a group
  • Announce potholes and other hazards so others can avoid them
  • Call out the hazard and point down to it, either left or right

Watch for traffic from the rear

  • The last rider should frequently check for overtaking cars
  • Announce “car back” clearly and loudly
  • It is also helpful to announce “car up” on narrow roads or when riding two abreast

Watch out at intersections

  • Leader should announce slowing or stopping at intersections if necessary
  • Cyclists should not follow others through intersections without scanning
  • Each cyclist is responsible for checking cross traffic; if you must stop, signal

Leave room for cars

  • On narrow road or during climbs, leave space between every three or four riders
  • Motorists will utilize the shorter passing intervals to pass the group
  • Good relations with motorists is the responsibility of every cyclist

Stop off road

  • When stopping for mechanicals or regrouping, always move clear off the road
  • Only if conditions permit should you move back onto the road as a group
  • Always yield to traffic in the roadway

Ride single file

  • It is illegal in some areas to ride more than two abreast
  • Ride single file between intersections; double up when the group stops
  • When taking the lane, double up and take the whole lane


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