If you haven’t tried cycling in a group before you may be surprised at how enjoyable an activity it is. It makes sense to know a few tips before you begin though, so you can get to grips with it as quickly as possible.
For example when you are cycling in a group everyone should be travelling at roughly the same speed. You need to keep a safe distance from the cyclists around you but everyone should match their speed to the others to stay together. Sometimes different riders will take turns at the front so be aware of whether any changes like this will take place when you start riding with a group.
Hand signals are used in a group just as they are with individual riders. In this case one rider at the front of a group can indicate for other road users and for the other cyclists. Cycling like this can be challenging for those who are not used to it; however it is easier given practice. Cars will easily see a group of cyclists and this is not always the case when you are cycling alone. It can also give you more confidence if you are relatively new to the sport.
Is it still possible to have an accident while cycling in a group?
Yes, but the odds are reduced if you can stay alert and communicate with others in the group. For instance if you ride too close to other cyclists (or if they ride too close to you) there is more chance of knocking together and losing your balance. You shouldn’t make any sudden decisions either as other riders will not know your intentions. If you are clear about your movements and you pay close attention to the group, you should be safe.
Have you had a biking accident in the last three years?
In some cases you could have an accident on your bicycle that was someone else’s fault. If you can prove this was the case and that negligence was involved, it is worth getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We may be able to support you in a no win, no fee* claim for compensation. Call us on our free 24/7 enquiry line today to discuss your situation and to determine whether you might be entitled to compensation. We’re ready to answer your call now.
Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown