The tips below pertain to all riders, whether riding individually or in groups, but they are especially important to remember when in a group, since it’s easy to get caught up in socializing or in hurrying to catch up with your friends.
Momentary inattention is the number one cause of accidents. Be aware of what is in front of and BEHIND you, watch your line, and keep your hands near your brakes. Never ride with earphones or earbud(s). Pull off and stop when using a cell phone.
Make Your Own Decisions:
Stop at all stop signs and lights on your own. What’s clear for someone else might not be clear for you.
Ride in a Predictable Manner:
It’s especially important to keep a straight and consistent line so other riders and drivers can predict where you’re going.
Share the Road:
Ride no more than two abreast, AS IS REQUIRED BY LAW. Ride single file in traffic or on trails. Leave room for cars, pedestrians, and others at intersections or places where you pull over.
Take turns in small groups when going through an intersection so other users also have a chance to proceed.
Leave Space Between Yourself and Others:
Leave enough room when riding to be able to dodge obstacles without putting others in danger. Remember also that other riders might not be comfortable if you come too close.
Always Pass Others on the Left and Call Out When Passing:
It’s safer to pass on the left since road debris or potholes are more commonly on the shoulder. Also, most riders will not be expecting you on their right.
Announce Obstacles and Approaching Traffic:
Call and point out obstacles and traffic for others behind you.