Cycling Etiquette

Cycling Etiquette

The Cycling Etiquette detailed below apply to all joining club rides organised by officials of the Axe Valley Pedallers (AVP).
  1. Be Predictable: Group riding requires extraordinary attention to cycling in a very predictable manner. Others expect you to consistently ride in a straight line, at a constant speed, and to clearly signal changes. Pedal continuously at a cadence and speed that are consistent with those around you.
  2. Communicate: Communication is a requirement of safe cycling. Participants make a positive contribution to a ride when they provide respectful feedback, reminders and instructive dialogue regarding cycling etiquette and safety. It is incumbent on all of us to offer courteous input regarding mistakes and riding habits that are dangerous.
  3. Change Positions Correctly: If you want to pass, do so on the right and say, “On your right!” to warn the cyclists ahead that you are passing. Sprinting around the group while a car is trying to pass is dangerous.
  4. Announce Hazards: When riding in a group many cyclists may not have a good view of the road surface ahead because of the riders in front of them. It is important to indicate hazards by pointing to them and by shouting “Hole!” or “Glass!” or “Rock!” etc. As cars approach shout, “Car back!” or “Car up!” and then quickly move into single file as far to the left as is reasonable.
  5. Watch the Pace: A group ride, by definition, is designed to accommodate a range of abilities. Although it is natural for groups to form, no one should be intentionally dropped. When riding near others, adjust your speed to maintain your position and help keep the group together. Resist the temptation at the front of the group to speed up; maintain a constant tempo or level of effort. Likewise, if an individual or the paceline is surging, say, “Easy!” to moderate the pace. It may be best to let those that are surging to go.
  6. Supplies: As a member of the club you are required to carry enough food and drink with you for the duration of the ride. You are also expected to carry all the required tools necessary to be able to perform ‘the usual’ roadside repairs. It is recommended that 2 spare tubes are carried on all rides.
  7. Keep the Group Informed: If you decide to leave the group and ride on your own, inform the ride leader, or another rider, so that people don’t waste time looking for you.
  8. Move Fully Off the Road When You Stop: Insure individual and group safety, and do not interfere with traffic.
  9. Leave a Gap for Cars: When riding up hills or on narrow roads where you are impeding faster traffic, leave a gap between every four to five bicycles so that motorists can take advantage of shorter passing intervals. If five or more vehicles accumulate behind the group, pull over at the next safe pull out, and allow the vehicles to pass.
  10. Autumn & Winter Riding: Riding etiquette requires that during Autumn & Winter, the participant’s cycle is fitted with at least a rear mudguard and, for all evening rides, good working front & rear lights.
  11. Never Leave a Rider Behind: The AVP has the ethos that we never leave a rider behind. A back marker will be appointed to ensure no rider is left alone. Where a ride breaks into sections, the ride leader will ensure all know where the regrouping points will be and will place participants on junctions to ensure those following do not miss turns. Each rider also should accept responsibility for looking out for their fellow riders and keep the ride leader advised of any incidents that arise, as it is easy to get separated during a long ride.
  12. Provide Camaraderie and Support: Remember we are a social club. Watch out for your fellow cyclist before, during and after the ride. Help make newcomers feel welcome by introducing yourself. Don’t immediately ride off to join up with your old cycling buddies. Instead, spend a portion of the ride with the new cyclist.

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