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Safe riding

SAFE RIDING

safe riding, is happy riding

Group riding is one of the best aspects of road cycling. To make it an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone we ask you to follow our safety policy, group riding safety rules and use our set of hand signals. You preferably also follow our Safe Riding Training.

OUR SAFETY POLICY

RIDING IS AT YOUR OWN RISK

PEAK CYCLING and/or our trainers/ride assistants cannot be held responsible for any damage or injuries occurring during our outdoor rides and training.

We advise you to take out a cycling insurance for liability, accidents and legal assistance. You can arrange this either via the KNWU or the NTFU.

WE RIDE AS A GROUP

A group consists of max 14 riders.

1. We pay attention to new riders.
2. We cycle according to the prior
    announced route and speed.
3. We use the PEAK hand signals.
4. No-drop policy: we finish together.

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THE TRAINER ‘IS BOSS’

The trainer ensures that:

1. We can cycle safely and enjoyably. 
2. We follow the group riding safety rules.
3. The speed fits the group level.

OUR GROUP RIDING SAFETY RULES

To learn and practice with our group riding safety rules we offer a (free) Safe Riding Training before the start of the outdoor season. We ask all cyclists that want to train and ride with us to follow this training.

YOU AND YOUR BIKE

Make sure that your bike and accessories are in good condition. 

– Well-functioning brakes and gears
– Pumped tires (7-8 bar)
– Helmet and cycling gloves
  (obligatory)
– Spare inner tube, tire levers, pump + bell
  (obligatory)
– Odometer/cycling computer
– Bidon
– Front + back light (for Thursday training)
– Identity document

No go: tied on clothing, handlebar bags and backpacks.

Note: if you/your bike are not in order, you risk not being able to ride with us.

YOU AS A RIDER

1. Be alert and concentrated.
2. Follow traffic rules and stop for red traffic lights.
3. Keep your hands on, or near your brakes. 
4. Do not look backwards to have a conversation while riding.
5. Do not brake or change direction abruptly, but ride out slowly.
6. If you have to hold back, keep your legs spinning.
7. No calling/apping and preferably no touching your cycling computer/odometer.
8. Watch traffic before you start riding again after a stop at the side of the road.
9. Drink and eat in time; both before and during the ride.
10. Do not throw garbage on, or beside the road.

WE AS A GROUP

1. The riders in front of the group warn other road users in time, and in a friendly manner. 
2. If a rider cannot keep up with the speed, the trainer lets him/her ride in 2nd or 3d row and/or we reduce speed.
3. At the top of a climb we wait for the last riders to arrive. We start riding again when we are all ready.
4. In case of a flat tire/instructions we stop next to the main road.
5. In case of a repair we help and wait for each other.
6. In case of doubt about which direction to take, we keep riding straight.

HAND SIGNALS

let’s keep each other safe

Hand signals are vital while riding in a group. It’s an easy way to inform each other about directions, other road users and bumps or holes in the road (click on the image to enlarge).

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