When riding in a group, you must talk to your fellow riders, whether that be using hand signals to point out objects or holes in the road or calling out commands. Below is a list of calls and hand signals to use on Group Rides.
We all know not to run red lights, but it’s equally as dangerous to stop dead when the light suddenly turns amber when you have 80 riders going 45km/hr behind you. If it’s a fresh amber and there are riders behind you yell “ROLLING”, as this lets others know that you’ll be rolling through.
When an intersection is safe to cross call out “CLEAR”. Don’t yell “NO” as they can easily get confused with “GO”.
This is hollered to the group if there is a vehicle behind everyone and it is attempting to pass. Don’t yell “CAR” if a car is coming across an uncontrolled intersection. This easily gets mixed up with “CLEAR”.
SLOWING OR STOPPING
Yell “STOPPING” if you are rolling up to some traffic lights and you intend on stopping. This alerts the riders behind you what you’re doing.
This is called out to the group when there is a vehicle parked on the side of the road to alert everyone to get over.
Call this out when you are in a fast moving group and you are passing another rider or group of riders. This alerts your group to move over to the right. Remember to always pass other riders on their right hand side.
KEEPING OUT OF THE GUTTER
Signal to move out from the left hand gutter by waving your hand behind your back.
POTHOLE OR HAZARD
A simple point to the road hazard will be enough to signal to the other riders. Do this well before the hazard is near and predictably move over so you don’t roll past too close to it.
GLASS OR LOOSE GRAVEL
Almost like pointing to signal a pothole, but using a waving action. This denotes that you’re approaching a scattered hazard such as glass or gravel.
A gentle flick of the elbow on the side of the riders that are to be coming through indicates that you want the next rider to come through to pull a turn.
Raise your hand, stop pedalling and hold in a straight line until everyone has passed you. When everyone is ahead of you it’s safe to pull over and change it. Best to raise the front brake-side hand (right hand) so you can come to a safe stop.