Tips for Group Rides
Remember that cyclists have the same rights to the same roads as other vehicles and they are subject to the same rules as motorized vehicles. So obey stop signs, stop lights and all other traffic controls that would apply to you in a car.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Help build rapport with the communities by sharing the road with other vehicles (that’s the cars!) and following ALL the traffic laws (yes, that means stoppoing at the Stop signs.)
- Georgia law requires that you ride no more than two abreast and stay close to the right side of the road. When cars approach from the rear, get in single file. That may not be possible during the initial part of the ride when so many cyclists are grouped together.
- Call out “car back” to alert the riders in front of you to pull over into a single file. If you hear a call from behind, give an “echo” for riders in front of you who may not have heard it.
- Don’t ride too close to the bike in front of you unless you have experience doing so and are comfortable with that rider.
- Ride single file on hilly or windy roads. Single file at intersections so as not to block the road.
- Always pass other cyclists on the left and alert them by calling out “on your left” as you begin the pass.
- When you are in the front of a group, call out and/or point to hazards: “glass!”, “dog right!”, “car up!” to indicate an approaching car on a narrow road.
- Call out “slowing” or “stopping” to alert those behind you.
- Call out upcoming turns and give arm signals. This is to help cars anticipate your move as well as riders behind you.
- If you need to stop while in a group, pull completely off the pavement.
- Be predictable.
- Have fun! – Be safe!