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Old 12-27-2006, 02:00 PM   #1
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Safe Group Riding

I took this from a friend of mines website. Sometimes I can be picky who I ride with because I dont know/and or trust them. Its always nice to meet new people to ride with so here are some tips. They should always be followed and with all the accidents lately I think a few of these could save someones life. Im not trying to be a safety but thought id contribute a little bit.


Guidelines for Group Riding


These are to be considered basic GUIDELINES for general group riding. As situations arise you must use your own judgement to decide a safe course of action. Always ride within your limits and your comfort level. Allow sufficient following distance. Don't compromise safety just to maintain formation or keep the group together.


Ride in a staggered formation:

The lead bike should be in the left side of the lane.

The next bike should be in the right side of the lane, one second behind the lead bike.
The third bike should be in the left side of the lane, two seconds directly behind the lead bike (one second behind the bike to the right).

The fourth bike should be in the right side of the lane, two seconds behind the bike directly ahead of him (one second behind the bike to the left).

And so on.

Distances given are minimums! Always ride according to the conditions.

Maintain formation, keeping an even spacing between bikes.

Do not ride alongside or pass the next bike in line.

Do not pull up beside another bike except when stopping at an intersection; resume staggered formation once moving again.

Follow the lead bike; do not split the group or pull out of it (except in an emergency).

Inform the lead rider if you plan on leaving the group before the final destination.

Split groups of more than 8-10 bikes into smaller sub-groups. Do not impede traffic flow. Keep enough space between sub-groups so that other vehicles may use the lane.

Watch for and obey signals from the lead rider:

Approaching Turn -- Turn signal lights or standard turn signals given with the left hand.

Slow Down -- Brake lights or left palm held open below seat level and facing back.

Hazard in Road -- Either hand (or foot) pointed toward hazard.

Ride Single-File -- Left hand held high above head, fist closed except for index finger indicating "1". The lead bike might give this signal because of hazards or road conditions.

Resume Staggered Formation -- Left hand held high above head, fist completely closed.

Tighten Formation -- Left hand held high above head, repeatedly opening and closing fist.

Pass all signals and point to hazards in the road to alert the riders behind you.

In case of an accident or emergency, those riders not directly involved should continue to follow the lead bike to a safe place to pull out of the road. Do not create congestion or complicate the situation by immediately stopping.

Ride Safely!
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Old 12-27-2006, 02:05 PM   #2
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"Highbeam - tap on top of helmet with open palm down" = may also go for "Watch out! LEO."
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Old 12-27-2006, 03:04 PM   #6
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I disagree about the lead b being in the left side of the lane especially facing headon traffic. Sometimes a oncoming car will veer across the yellow lane not giving the lead bike anytime to get over but with him in right side of the lane a car is more like to notice somebikes coming.

But I agree if more than two lanes the lead bike should be in the left part of the lane.
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I disagree about the lead b being in the left side of the lane especially facing headon traffic. Sometimes a oncoming car will veer across the yellow lane not giving the lead bike anytime to get over but with him in right side of the lane a car is more like to notice somebikes coming.

But I agree if more than two lanes the lead bike should be in the left part of the lane.
So where do you ride in the lane in the situation you're talking about by yourself? (middle or right?)

Plain and simple riding alone you should always position yourself in the lane so that you have the best visibility to other drivers and give yourself the best possible escape route.
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Middle if twisty and no shoulder, right part of the lane if shoulder exist. I like to stay as far a way from cages as I can. I have had at 3 cars cross yellow lane trying to kill me. Don't trust cagers anymore AT ALL!!!
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As I see it, the lead rider is the one who is paying the MOST attention to the road and is more likely to see (and react to) a moron cager coming head-on. Rider #2 is staggared but is not as likely to be looking down the road (although they SHOULD BE) because they are relying on Rider #1 to take them where they want to go.
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EHHHHH....if your not paying attention to the road you shouldnt be riding anywhere in the group or at all...
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Old 02-22-2007, 02:35 PM   #12
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oh...and it very important for the lead rider to make bicycle pedaling motions with his feet while going through an intersection. all following riders should follow suit. this is incredibly important, not just for comedic effect...but to ensure all cagers that we are in fact, totally insane...
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:39 AM   #13
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TOTALLY AGREE!!!

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU,WE HAD A FRIEND PASS AWAY ON THE 26TH OF DEC 2006.KEEP IT TIGHT BUT YET SAFE DISTANCE FOR STOPPING TIME...LETS MAKE SURE EVERY1 ARRIVES SAFE,AND HOME TO THEIR LOVED ONES..
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oh...and it very important for the lead rider to make bicycle pedaling motions with his feet while going through an intersection. all following riders should follow suit. this is incredibly important, not just for comedic effect...but to ensure all cagers that we are in fact, totally insane...
and while crossing cyclists on the road This rule should be stickied please
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Quick question though.....On all of the rides I've been on with larger groups, we would put the lesser experienced riders to the rear. It always seemed right to me. Is there a specific place for them, or do we just put them wherever?
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and while crossing cyclists on the road This rule should be stickied please
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