Safe Cycling Tips

I feel like these are very important things to think about when cycling. Only we can change how the rest of the world See’s cyclists, I have been riding with a group of people who are new to cycling and have never learned the “rules of the road” and to be quite honest at times i have been scared by the abrasive maneuvers i have seen from some of my riding family members that are less educated than myself in safety practices of group rides. (I still love you guys. but lets read this and brush up on safety for this spring/summer)

Be predictable
• In a group, your actions affect those around
you, not just yourself
• Riders expect you to continue straight and at a
constant speed
• Signal your intention to turn or slow down before
you do so

Use signals
• Use hand signals to indicate turns and point
out hazards to others
• Left or right arm straight out to indicate left or
right turn
• Left arm out and down with palm to the rear to
indicate stopping

Give warnings
• Riders should call out right turns, left turns and
stops in addition to signaling
• Announce turns before the intersections to give
riders a chance to position themselves
• Try to avoid sudden stops or turns except for

Change positions correctly
• Slower moving traffic stays to the right; faster
traffic to the left
• Pass slower moving vehicles on the left; announce
your intention to do so
• Announce passes on the right clearly as this is
not a usual maneuver

Announce hazards
• Most cyclists do not have a full view of the road
while riding in a group
• Announce potholes and other hazards so others
can avoid them
• Call out the hazard and point down to it, either
left or right

Ride single file
• It is illegal in some areas to ride more than two
• Ride single file between intersections; double
up when the group stops and communicate
your next step
• When taking the lane, double up and take the
whole lane

Stop off road
• When stopping for mechanicals or regrouping,
always move clear off the road
• Only if conditions permit should you move back
onto the road as a group
• Always yield to traffic in the roadway

Leave room for cars
• On narrow road or during climbs, leave space
between every three or four riders
• Motorists will utilize the shorter passing intervals
to pass the group
• Good relations with motorists is the responsibility
of every cyclist

Watch out at intersections
• Leader should announce slowing or stopping at
intersections if necessary
• Cyclists should not follow others through intersections
without scanning
• Each cyclist is responsible for checking cross
traffic; if you must stop, signal

Watch for traffic from the rear
• The last rider should frequently check for overtaking
• Announce “car back” clearly and loudly
• It is also helpful to announce “car up” on narrow
roads or when riding two abreast

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2 Responses to Safe Cycling Tips

  1. Jimmie says:

    I not only like this article, I appreciate it as well. Good etiquette and safety tips = more fun. You should place this link on the NYTE RYDERZ Facebook.

    • Jesse says:

      thank you sir, its hard to let people know when they are riding to aggressive without offending them. its all about fun, but cyclists are a minority on the roads and we can only change the negative views people have about us by riding right. 🙂

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