Before you Ride
over – brakes, wheels etc
carry – spare inner tube, pump or gas cartridges, mobile, food, drink
and some money.
On the Ride
Ride on the left.
Red lights, don't jump them.
Pavements - don't cycle on them.
Busy roads – ride single file.
Ride in a pack.
Ride in pairs, never more than two abreast, but single-out ("file-out")
if a car is behind and when filing out would enable the car to pass.
(Note: when filing-out, it is normal for the rider on left to go
forward, and the rider on right to drop behind.)
Do not overlap wheels (known as "half-wheeling").
Communicate with the other riders by pointing and calling out holes,
walkers, joggers, parked cars and horses.
Repeat calls up and down the line; assure the front knows if the back
are struggling with the pace.
Slow down for horses, give them lots of room. Call ahead "bikes-up" if
approaching horses from behind, so as not to startle them.
Call out "stopping" or "slowing" if that is what you are doing, to avoid
the rider behind you crashing into you.
Keep your lines. On corners, do not cut the corner, or under steer the
corner. Remain parallel to the road centre line /edge. There WILL be
someone to your rear left or rear right whom you will be forcing off the
road or into the path of an oncoming car.
Do not overtake the lead rider. The lead rider is controlling the pace.
The exception to this is when "rotation" action is being used to share
the load against a headwind.
Do not overtake another rider on the left without shouting out a warning
to the rider first.
If you are at the front of the pack, after reaching the top of a climb,
do not accelerate immediately as you go down the other side of the
hill. Remember that in a big group, the rear riders will still be
labouring up the hill even after you are descending down the other
side. Keep the group together.
When pulling out from a junction, or turning into a road, slow down a
little to allow the riders behind to catch up. Everyone takes time to
set-off, clip-in and get settled back in the saddle. Keep the group
Do not litter. If you eat on the move, or take a gel, put the wrapper
in your pocket.
All cyclists must adhere to the Highway code.
Most importantly – ENJOY