THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY ON HOW TO RIDE IN A GROUP SAFELY.
WHAT SHOULD THE BUNCH DO?
First and foremost, obey the law! Stop at red lights, stop signs and at other appropriate times. Running lights raises the risk of accident and serious injury, you may be lucky and get through without incident, but the riders following you may believe it is safe to do so without having the benefit of the field of view you have. Also, it is not in anyone’s interests to contribute to aggression on our roads, so let’s be safe together.
Good bunches also look after their riders by:
- Stopping to help fix small mechanical problems and punctures quickly, so that inexperienced riders are not left behind to fend for themselves.
- Regrouping after hills or other difficulties to keep everyone together.
- Waiting for the others if the group gets split up by a changing traffic light.
- Helping the less experienced riders with tips and assistance when needed.
- Ride in single file where possible and no more than two abreast at any time.
- Working as a group - for example, the front riders calculate actions for the group as a whole to ride safely, not just themselves. Tail end riders should assist the group negotiate lane changes by acting as the rear turn indicators and signalling when the road is clear of traffic.
- NO participant under 18 years of age should be riding without the supervision of a parent/guardian.