A timely reminder of Ride Etiquette

Following recent events the committee want to emphasise the importance of keeping to the guidance for club road rides to ensure that, as well as being safe, we are seen to be safe by all other road users. The opening line of our Ride Etiquette reads:

Club rides are either social or training rides, not races! Group size should ideally be up to 12 with a absolute maximum of 16. 

Please ensure that this guidance is followed on all club road rides. To allow for others joining a group during a ride don’t leave the Pump Rooms with more than 12 in a group.

For those who haven’t read the Ride Etiquette here is the rest of it:

All club riding is about working together as a group, aiming to keep an even pace or effort and, where the group has a leader, allowing them to control the group.

  • Hold the wheel in front, aiming to keep a gap of 15-30cms.
  • Usually, when traffic conditions allow, we will ride in TWO LINES in PAIRS.
  • You should never ride more than two abreast and try to stay in your pair! That means parallel to each other – not in front, not behind, but side by side. Wheel to wheel. Stay close but not too close
  • When at the front of the group, allow the rider on the left to set the pace. Stay alongside them, don’t race them (“Half wheeling”).
  • You should ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends (“Single out”)
  • Avoid sudden movements, particularly braking or swerving always check if there’s room and signal to move out.
  • After slowing or stopping e.g. at junctions, be aware of your position in the group and try to maintain it. At the front pick up speed steadily. When the group is back together the rear-most rider shouts ALL UP! Pass this up the line.

Signalling and road hazards.

Always make the group aware of changes in speed/direction, traffic or road hazards such as potholes and debris when necessary. Call out clearly and, in larger groups, relay the instruction forward or back so all riders know what is happening.

  • From the front of the group- ‘Easy’, ‘Going Left’, ‘Going Right’, ‘Car Down’ (approaching from in front), ‘Underneath’ are common warnings,
  • From the back of the group ‘Single Out’, ‘Car Up’ (approaching from behind), “Easy up” if the group is splitting, “Puncture” etc. for mechanicals

If you’re not sure of the signalling conventions or have any questions about group riding, please ask the ride leaders before the ride departs.

Bike maintenance and safety.

Helmet use is strongly advisable when riding in groups.

We recommend, in the Autumn/Winter time, fitting mudguards and lights.

Ensure your bike is well maintained and clean; check brake pads and tyres for signs of wear. If unsure about the safety of your bicycle, arrange to have it serviced by a qualified mechanic at your local bike shop.

Bring essentials such as inner tubes, basic tools, mobile, food, drink and money as the ride is unsupported.

To reinforce the good practice we already follow on a regular basis we will now be adding the British Horse Society code to our etiquette.

We are grateful for your co-operation in this but you should be aware that, if members are seen to regularly disregard the club etiquette, sanctions will be introduced.

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