Ride Etiquette

This information has been taken from our club handbook. The full document is available for download in the 'Files' section of the website


To ensure the safety of yourself and fellow Club Members and to avoid undue annoyance to other road users, the following rules should be observed when riding in groups:

  • Always ride in accordance with the Highway Code

  • Always wear an approved helmet

  • Dress to be seen by other road users

  • Do not ride more than two abreast

  • Do not pass the leader without her / his permission as this leads to confusion and delay at turnings

  • Do not break formation when halting at junctions, traffic lights, etc

  • Ride in single file when necessary to avoid undue obstruction to other road


  • It is strongly recommended that you carry waterproof clothing and a spare

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  • When approaching obstructions such as stationary cars, especially at night, the leader should give due warning by saying ‘‘on the left’’ or ‘‘on the right’’ as the case may be. Warning of approaching traffic should be given, e.g. if a car is coming towards the group ‘‘car down’’ or if it is coming from behind ‘‘car up’’

  • Cycles should be roadworthy and comply with the law regarding brakes, lights, reflectors, etc. For Club rides in the wet, it is preferred that cycles with full mudguards are used


  • Use only legal rights of way for cycling

  • Use a suitable map to navigate.

  • Give way to other path users, i.e. horse riders and walkers. Be courteous and

    give audible warning of your approach.

  • Avoid eroding the path.

  • Leave gates secured as found.

  • Always wear an approved helmet.

  • Ride a cycle in a wellmaintained condition, and carry adequate spares and


  • Always ride within your abilities.
  • Dress in clothing suitable for the prevailing weather conditions; remember

    that weather conditions change during a long ride.

  • Take adequate supplies of food and drink

  • Take a first aid kit and know how to use it.

  • If you get muddy take care when visiting cafes etc. 

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