CTC believes that group cycling remains an enjoyable and safe activity, so
long as riders follow a number of simple guidelines.
Notts CTC has introduced the guidelines within this code of conduct to help
promote safe and enjoyable cycling on all of its rides.
Anyone who joins a ride organised by Notts CTC is expected to cycle safely and to
adhere to the code of conduct.
Cycling which in any way puts the safety of other riders at risk could lead to a
temporary or permanent ban from club rides.
2. Safe Riding
On organised rides, the ride leader is the official representative of the
club and his/her instructions must be adhered to. The ride leader will
endeavour to ensure that the ride is conducted in a safe and well
organised fashion. However, it is the responsibility of all riders to
assist the leader in this duty.
All riders have a responsibility to behave in a manner which will maintain the
good reputation of the club and which will ensure that their behaviour
doesnít threaten the safety of others.
In particular, all riders must adhere to the rules of the road set out in the
Highway Code. So:
Riders should ride no more than two abreast except when overtaking.
The group should ride in single file on busy roads and when it would otherwise be
dangerous for vehicles to pass (defer to the leader).
Ample space should be given, if overtaking another cyclist.
Everyone should allow for riders behind:
Donít brake, slow down suddenly or change direction without shouting a warning.
Shout warnings and signal other riders if there is a danger on the road.
Pass warnings up and down the line.
Keep your distance from the cyclist in front, especially if riding two abreast
when you or your partner may need to cut in.
Look over your shoulder before starting or changing position and make the
manoeuvre only when this will be safe.
Try not to get ahead of the leader, except perhaps on long hills after which
you should stop somewhere safe to regroup.
Only overtake on the inside of another cyclist in very special circumstances
(e.g. when cycling uphill two abreast and the outside partner of a pair has
been dropped). Even then, be sure to shout a clear warning.
If there is following traffic which is unable to overtake, then split into
smaller groups of only four or five riders to allow it to pass safely.
After junctions, each rider should check that there is still another rider
following and, if not, they should either wait somewhere safe near the
junction or notify the leader.
When stopping, always try to keep away from traffic and, at junctions, try not
to block the sight of motorists already waiting to pull out.
Riders wishing to leave the group should always notify the leader, so that they
arenít treated as a missing person.
Make sure that your bike is safe and roadworthy, and be sure to have
appropriate lighting at times of the year when you may not get home before
Donít forget that everyone simply wants to enjoy their bike ride and that some
simple actions on your part can add to othersí enjoyment.
3. Unsafe Riding
If another rider isnít quite as thoughtful or considerate as you would wish,
then it may be possible simply to avoid situations in which you feel
If this isnít possible and you feel that another rider is cycling in a way
which threatens your safety or that of other riders, then tell that person
how you feel Ė in a friendly and constructive manner. Afterall, itís most
unlikely that anyone is deliberately seeking to cause an accident. The
other rider may be less experienced than you, may not have been
concentrating fully or at worst might possibly be prepared to take risks
which whilst acceptable on a solo ride arenít appropriate to group riding.
If you feel that your requests for safer riding have been ignored by another
rider, then you should notify the ride leader who will then take
If your riding style is criticised by another rider, then please donít take offence
but listen carefully to the other personís comments. The question is not whether you
feel safe but whether others around you do.