Rules and Etiquette for Riding in Groups
LBRCC wants riders to gain maximum enjoyment from their group rides. We would like everyone to make a point of reading the following rules and etiquette and following them. We have taken the opportunity to include items that may help all cyclists.
Safety and Risk Management
- All new riders to the club to join G3 on their first ride and move across to other G groups in agreement with the ride lead regardless of their previous experience
- All riders take part in the group rides at their own risk
- Please consider your own conduct during a ride and respect other road users
- We will politely point out any deviations to the rider(s) concerned. If needed, we will request that persistent offenders do not join future group rides
- Consider a suitable public liability insurance for cycling policy
- Consider joining British Cycling which includes 3rd Party insurance and free legal assistance should you need to claim against someone else.
Warning Calls When Riding in a Group.
These calls and signals are universal to all experienced cyclists – please use them at the appropriate times and try to follow hand gestures:
- “Car up” There is a vehicle coming up behind the group
- “Car ahead” There is a vehicle approaching towards
- “Single out” vehicle unable to pass the 2 abreast column safely- Outside rider drops back behind the inside rider- Slow up and create spaces in the inside file (recommendation to have no more than 6 riders without a space)
- “Clear” and “Car” on Left/Right” call alerts riders at junctions
- “Pothole” “Hole” for larger road defects that could cause a rider to fall. “on the left (or right).”
- “On the Left/Right” A general warning of some kind of hazard
- “Stopping” “Slowing” “Easy” “Right Hand moving in an up and down action”. If you brake without letting those behind know your intention they can easily run into you
- “Puncture” Let others know we will wait while you repair it.
- “Horse(s)” take special care and pass as widely as possible. Make sure horse and rider are aware of your presence. Keep pedaling slowly and keep noise/discussion to a minimum
Let others know if you are unable to keep up and pass messages up and back to ensure everyone is aware
To ensure we can contact you and we know who is on each ride please Text your name to the ride leads mobile.
- Ride steadily. Keep a steady line and constant speed
- No racing. Only pass ride leader if invited / directed
- Do not overtake the rider/riders at the head of the group unless invited / directed
- Only ride two abreast where it as safe to do so be prepared
- Ride immediately behind the rider in front – do not overlap either forwards or sideways.
- Never ride more than two abreast.
- When approaching a hill anticipate gradient, change gear in good time.
- Follow the requirements of the Highway Code as they apply to cyclists
- Follow the guidance from your leaders.
- Treat members of the group and other road users with courtesy.
- Acknowledge with a wave courteous behaviour by other road users.
- Do not “wave through” a following vehicle
- Do not react to bad driving incidents with gestures etc
- Visitors and potential members are welcome to try the rides free of charge but should be encouraged to apply for membership after their second ride.
Helpful Hints for New Cyclists
- Some general fitness is necessary
- Don’t try to push yourself too hard,
- Carry personal details
- Carry drinks and food,
- Riders aged 16 and 17 may ride with parental approval and will otherwise be treated as adults.
- Wear cycle-specific clothing
- Carry enough tools including a spare tube
- All riders must wear a Helmet – no helmet no ride with LBRCC
- Mudguards prevent you getting wet and dirty
- Keep your bike in good condition
Make sure that you do not provide ammunition to the anti-cyclists lobby
Ride safe and listen to your ride leaders.