Group Ride Etiquette

This file contains information developed for reference by all riders taking part in our group rides.  Not bad advice to follow in any group! Shawnee Trail Cycling Club Group Riding Etiquette (download)

Feel free to download and distribute.  All we ask is that you retain the references to Shawnee Trail Cycling Club and not modify the text in any way.

If you have any questions or want to request corrections, please contact our Ride Coordinator.

  • Always follow the instructions of Ride Leaders. Ride Leaders are designated riders who assist with rider safety and communication along the route. The Ride Leaders should identify themselves at the beginning of each ride.
  • When leading the group, maintain the advertised pace. Don’t take the lead if you don’t know the route.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Carry personal identification with you at all times.
  • Ride defensively, in consideration of your fellow riders.
  • Ride in control of your bike at all times.
  • Communicate with your fellow riders, using proper cycling terms.
    • Making up your own signals confuses your fellow cyclists.
    • Repeat communications from both front and behind to ensure others on your ride are aware.
  • Know the law. You are to be treated as any other vehicle on the road
    • Know when it’s allowed to ride two-up and when to single file. Never ride more than two abreast.
  • Stay to the right, except to pass. Pass on the left side only.
  • Do not cross center line regardless of passing zone.
  • Use proper signals when turning. Make left turns from the center of the road or left turn lane. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
  • Point out and call out any road hazards ahead.
  • Pedal downhill when you are at the front of the group. Cyclists dislike having to ride under brakes.
  • When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel too closely.
  • In a group ride, NEVER…
    • use Aero bars.
    • use earphones of any kind.
    • overlap wheels. A slight direction change or gust of wind could easily cause you to touch wheels and fall.
    • pass on the right.
    • Ride more than two abreast (it’s the law)

The following picture illustrates general positioning to have (and not) during group rides.


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