What New Cyclists Need To Know
In a group, your actions affect those around you, not just yourself.
Other riders and motorist expect you to continue straight, and at a constant speed.
Signal your intention to turn, or slow down, before you do so.
Use hand signals to indicate turns and point out hazards.
Use your Left arm straight out to indicate a Left turn.*
Use your Right arm straight out to indicate a Right turn.*
Use you left arm out and down with palm to the rear to indicate stopping.
Ride leaders should call out right turns; left turns and stops in addition to signaling.
Announce turns before the intersections to give other riders a chance to position themselves.
Try to avoid sudden stops or turns - except for emergencies.
Change positions correctly
When not riding single file, slower moving riders should stay to the right; faster riders to the left.
Pass slower moving riders on the left; announce yourself as you pass other riders by saying "On your left".
Announce passes on the right loudly as this is a highly unusual maneuver.
Most riders do not have a full view of the road while riding in a group.
Announce potholes and other hazards, so others can avoid them.
As you call out the hazard, point to it.
Watch for traffic from the rear
The last rider should frequently check for overtaking cars - buy a rear view mirror – it could save your life!
Announce “car back” clearly and loudly.
It is also helpful for to announce “car up” on narrow roads or when riding two abreast.
Watch out at intersections
The leader should announce slowing or stopping.
Cyclists should not follow others through intersections without scanning left and right.
Each cyclist is responsible for checking cross traffic; if you must stop, then signal.
Leave room for cars
Good relations with motorists are the responsibility of every cyclist.
Stop off road
When stopping for mechanical repairs 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.
Ride single file
It is illegal in some areas to ride more than two abreast – some communities require single file riding.
When taking the lane, take the whole lane – only experienced riders with a rear view mirror, should “take a lane”.
* Some cycling safety experts still recommend using formal car turning signals
Others believe that most motorists and cyclists will not quickly understand these signals since they are so rarely used.
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