Monday, July 14, 2008

Cycling Etiquette

We all have new goals and challenges for ourselves.
And in conquering these challenges we are spending more time riding on the road. It's nice outside, so we shoul dbe off the trainers and enjoying the outdoors and all that surrounds us.

However, one thing that has come up recently is our group's Cycling Etiquette.
Sure you put a bunch of girls together nd we want to chit chat - I mean we are sitting onthe bike for 3+ hours. In doing so, we are all in need of a refresher course in things to keep in mind.
I used the power of google to compile a lit of all things cycling etiquette (move over miss manners!)
1. Obey all traffic signs and signals. This includes traffic lights and stop signs. If in doubt what the laws are be conservative
2. Communicate with your fellow riders, using proper cycling terms, such as "On your left," "Car back," etc.
• Car back ... move to single file on the right hand side of the road or shoulder. Give way to the car... they are bigger than you and they will win.
• On your left ... allow the person coming up behind you to pass safely within the lane; not crossing over into the other lane. If necessary move to the right. (I like to say the person's name I am going to pass, if i know it, so i can be sure to catch their attention and not frighten them as I pass. this can be tricky on downhoils, though - as it's hard to hear anything over the wind so speak up then)
3. Stay to the right, except to pass. Pass on the left side only. Do not pass on the right. (this is one that needs attention)
4. Do not cross center line regardless of passing zone.
5. Use proper signals when turning. Make left turns from the center of the road or left turn lane. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
6. Ride in control of your bike at all times (i.e. being able to stop within a reasonable distance.)
7. Ride defensively, in consideration of your fellow riders.
8. Don't use Aero bars in a group
9. Point out and call out any road hazards ahead. These include potholes, drain grates, stray animals, opening car doors, sticks or stones, parked cars, etc. (just simply point to them)
10. Do not overlap wheels. A slight direction change or gust of wind could easily cause you to touch wheels and fall.
11. Pedal down hill when you are at the front of the bunch. Cyclists dislike having to ride under brakes!
12. When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel too closely. Many riders often lose their momentum when rising out of the saddle on a hill which can cause a sudden deceleration. This can often catch a rider who is following too closely, resulting in a fall from a wheel touch.

I am sure I will find more as I continue to research. But let's keep these in mind. Trying out some of the local group rides would probably help, too. I know RABA offers a variety of rides and Team Nature'sPath is always willing to help, too. I have been to their workshops and are very informative.


SusieQ said...

Excellent research, Favey

Hope you're feeling better - we missed your smiling face.


Tejvan Pettinger said...

All good tips. BTW Some roadies think triathletes don't do some of the above, especially riding with tri bars.

Jennifer said...

Doing some of the RABA rides, I can say that some roadies don't do some of the above either. Everyone needs a refresher like this every couple of months, especially if we want to be respected on the road.

Good tips Fave :-)