Group Ride and Safety Tips

Steven's Bicycles Wednesday Morning Hump Day ride


Group ride and safety tips

You will be sharing the road with cars so it is important to follow the rules of the road and some basic riding etiquette so we can all be safe.

Remember to always ride safely! Treat cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists with respect and hopefully they’ll do the same for us, too. It's always nice to say thank you if drivers yield the right of way!

ALWAYS make sure a driver sees you before crossing in front.

1. Stay inside of the white line and out of the car lane, and be especially cautious on blind corners and hill crests. Ride to the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic.

2. Each person is responsible to check traffic and make sure road intersections, stop signs, etc. are clear for themselves, even if someone calls “clear."

3. Only ride single-file, unless you know it is safe to ride double for sure. Never ride more than two across.

4. Be predictable, and signal to others to let people know what you’re doing. Yell “slowing” or “stopping” before you brake, avoid sudden movements, and try to hold your line. Provide hand signals and/orPace line - Enjoying Steven's group ride yell to signal hazards such as gravel, debris, other riders, cars, pedestrians, turns. If you drop something or need to stop, warn others that you will be stopping and pull off when it’s safe to do so.

5. Use the brakes sparingly. Feather the levers lightly instead of clutching at them. Most crashes are caused by someone braking sharply and the rider behind touching wheels with them. If you are getting too close to the rider immediately in front of you, try soft pedaling instead of braking to adjust the gap. If you need to brake, do it carefully and gently tap on the rear brake.

6. Give yourself enough room between riders to maneuver and avoid hazards, and be cautious of inexperienced riders. A major cause of group crashes is riders who slow abruptly, or stand suddenly climbing hills. To avoid this danger, let the gap open a bit on hills or ride a foot to either side.

7. Protect your front wheel. If your rear wheel is struck a fall is unlikely because it has nothing to do with steering the bike. However, if your front wheel is contacted it will often be twisted off line faster than you can react. You’ll almost certainly go down. Help prevent this by never overlapping someone’s rear wheel.

8. Call "on your left" when passing another rider or pedestrians (or use a bell when riding on the trails).

9. Check parked cars to make sure doors won’t be opening into your path and allow plenty of room to get around them. Find a safe place and be aware of traffic if you need to change a flat.

10. If you ride ahead of the group, you are responsible for yourself. Please advise the group/group leader if you are leaving the group for any reason.