Group Passing In the past group riding tips, we focused on the group itself and the internal responsibilities of each rider to the group and riders in the same group. Another important element of group riding is how the group interacts with others external to the group. One of the most common interactions between cycling groups is when one is passing another. The first thing to consider is that there are varying levels of experience and competence among riders within any given group. This means that I may not have time to check to see how white their knuckles are to determine if I am passing a person that is perhaps on their first group ride and may panic when passed. In another word, you need to be cautious and assume the worst for safe passing.
The following is the protocol for passing, in order to observe the club’s “safety first” policy:
When passing another group:
- Pass only on the left
- Slow down to match the speed of the upcoming group
- The person leading must announce the group by calling “on your left” or “passing”
- Followed by singling up if the group is riding two-abreast
- If the group in front is as courteous, they will single-up as well
- It is now safe to pass only on the left, while maintaining your line & lane and re-announcing yourself
- If the front group does not single up, it is at the discretion of the ride leader to decide if it is safe to change lanes and pass the other group from the left lane
- It is acceptable and recommended to exchange pleasantries with the other group as long as it does not impede the movement of either group
When being passed by another group
1. If the overtaking group announces themselves, it is the responsibility of the last rider in the front group to announce “single-up” if the group is riding two-abreast.
2. The front group must single up as a courtesy to allow the other group to pass
3. The front group should also slow the pace enough to let the other group pass safely
4. If the passing group does not announce themselves, the front group is recommended to maintain their pace and their two abreast formation. Bearing in mind that Texas State Law does not allow cyclists to ride more than two abreast, the passing group should cautiously switch lanes at their own risk in order to pass.
5. It is acceptable and recommended to exchange pleasantries with the other group as long as it does not impede the movement of either group Be considerate of your fellow cyclist, and ride safe & smart.