On our regular bunch ride over the weekend a couple of things occurred that made me think about cycling etiquette and how we should all be making the world a better place to ride. Here are some thoughts.
Indicate obstacles – if you know there’s someone riding behind you or you’ve just passed another cyclist, make sure you let them know if there’s an obstacle coming up by pointing it out.
Ask to join a group – don’t just jump on a group and assume it’s OK. Make sure the other riders know you’re there and that you conform to the group norms like calling last rider, indicating obstacles and riding as the group rides. If you’re not sure what to do, ask someone. If you don’t like the way the group rides then don’t ride with them.
Tell other cyclists that you’re passing – particularly if they’re on their own and you’re part of a passing bunch. And while we’re at it make sure you give other cyclists room – just because you race A Grade and are a confident rider doesn’t mean everyone is comfortable being passed at speed or really close.
Bikie blow down low so the rest of us don’t have to ride through it or wear it – personally I prefer a handkerchief but I’m old-fashioned like that.
Ask stopped riders if they need help – if you see someone stopped on the side of the road, check that they’re OK and they have whatever they need to get back on the road. If they do need help it’s your opportunity to do your good deed for the day!
Be predictable and considerate – to everyone. Don’t give cyclists a bad name by pissing off motorists and make sure you look out for other cyclists too.
Obey the road rules. Obey the road rules. Obey the road rules.