BE PREDICTABLE. Ride smoothly and signal your intentions;
dont weave around, stop suddenly, or make unannounced turns.
MAINTAIN A SAFE INTERVAL. Three wheel widths is usually a safe
distance for slower, less experienced riders. Never overlap wheels.
Don't fixate on the lead rider's rear tire; judge your distance by using other
references such as the lead rider's elbow or shoulder. If youre getting too
close to the rider in front of you, let the rider behind you know youre slowing
down, then slow down slightly by coasting or braking gently.
USE SIGNALS. Always announce your intentions by
using arm signals. For a left turn, point with the left arm straight
out. For a right turn, angle the left arm straight up or point with the right
arm. To slow or stop, angle the left arm down. When riding in a
group, also say what youre going to do: Left turn, Right
turn, Slowing, Stopping.
OBEY SIGNALS. If you find yourself approaching a red light, always
stop and obey the light. Call out Stopping if you become separated
from riders ahead of you, and never try to beat the light just to stay with the
pack. Similarly, if the group is passing through an intersection, always watch
for approaching cars, even if riders ahead of you claim the intersection is clear.
GIVE WARNINGS. If you see a monster pothole, glass
all over the roadway, or a car coming out of a driveway, let others behind know about
it. Say Hole, Glass, Car right, and point
to the hazard.
PASS ALONG WARNINGS. If someone in back of you
calls out Car back, pass the warning up the line; if the leader calls out a
turn or a sudden stop, signal and pass it down the line so the rest of the group knows.
LOOK BEFORE YOU MOVE. If you want to change
positions in the pack, such as going into double file or single file, or passing a rider,
look around you to make sure the coast is clear, and let others know what youre
doing (for instance, passing on your left).
BE PREPARED TO RIDE SINGLE FILE. If you are riding
two-abreast and need to form a single line due to traffic conditions or overtaking
traffic, the rider on the right should slow down
slightly and let the rider on the left merge in front of
him. The rider on the left should speed up slightly and carefully
get in line. Always check around you to make sure the coast is clear before
merging into the line.
WATCH FOR TRAFFIC. Keep an eye or ear out for overtaking
traffic, and say Car back (or Truck back) if somethings
overtaking the group. Riders in the front should also watch for pedestrians,
skaters, dog-walkers, etc., announce the hazard (Runner up, Dog
up), and give the runner, etc. plenty of room while passing him.
BE COURTEOUS. As cyclists, Share the
road is what we ask everyone else to do. We should do likewise and not
block traffic unnecessarily. If you need to, move off the
roadway. Dont ride two abreast in traffic, especially if other vehicles
are trying to overtake you. If you are riding in traffic, stay as far right as is
practicable and allow overtaking traffic to pass, but dont be afraid to take a lane
if necessary for safety.
TELL SWEEP OR LEADER. Before leaving the ride for any
reason, tell the sweep or leader so that they will not be wondering what
happened to you. If you get ahead of the leader, you are no longer part of
the group and are on your own.