10 rules for cycling in a group

Using the Cyql app, you can easily organize group rides, make arrangements such as speed & distance and make participant lists transparent. Never cycled in a group before? Maybe it’s nothing, but still, cycling in a group can be dangerous. That’s why there are some (unwritten) rules for cycling in a group.

Cycling in a group can be a great experience. It offers the opportunity to enjoy the sport and the environment with like-minded cyclists. Whether you’re an experienced group cyclist or just starting out, it’s important to follow some basic rules to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment. Here are 10 rules for cycling in a group:

 1️⃣ Signaling

Communication is essential when cycling in a group. Use hand signals or shout clearly to alert others to obstacles, such as holes in the road, branches or traffic. This helps prevent accidents and keeps everyone alert.

2️⃣ Efficient group cycling for smooth flow

Within a cycling group, people always ride in pairs. However, there are situations when it is necessary to ride in tandem, such as at road narrowings, narrow paths or heavy traffic. In such cases, cyclists must “zipper” or ride in single file. The bicyclist on the right then drops a small gap relative to the bicyclist in front without suddenly reducing speed or braking hard. The cyclist on the left can then take advantage of this opening and merge onto the right. If this is done smoothly and smoothly, the whole group will be in a straight line behind each other in a short time.

When there is only a short time in a single traffic jam, such as at a road narrowing, they immediately start riding in pairs again (double riding). This is known as “zipping.

When driving in a single traffic jam for a longer period of time, such as on narrow and obscure paths, they call this “single driving. Once the danger has passed, they can ride in pairs again.

3️⃣ Straight line riding

Always keep a straight line and avoid sudden sideways movements. This helps avoid hitting other cyclists and ensures a stable group. Also pay attention to your steering to avoid unnecessary swaying.

4️⃣ Do not pass the rear wheel

Never try to ride past the rear wheel of the cyclist in front of you unless you clearly indicate your intention to overtake. Abruptly crossing the rear wheel can cause dangerous situations such as collisions or falls.

5️⃣ Avoid manhole covers & road markings

Pay close attention to the road and avoid manhole covers, road markings and other obstacles. These can be slippery or lead to unexpected steering movements. Point out dangerous spots to each other and pass them on to other group members.

6️⃣ Steer clear of dangerous situations

Sometimes unexpected dangerous situations may arise, such as a sudden car coming from a side street. It is important to stay calm and react alertly. Communicate with your fellow cyclists, give warnings and adjust your speed to avoid danger.

7️⃣ Hands on the shifters or in the brackets

Always keep your hands on the shifters or in the brackets, ready to brake or shift if necessary. This helps reduce your reaction time and ensures you are in control of your bike, even in unexpected situations.

8️⃣  Switch

When cycling in a group, it is important to switch positions frequently. Switching positions allows all cyclists in the group to work evenly and reduce fatigue. This is usually done by cycling at the head of the group and then moving backward. Communicate clearly with other group members and indicate when you plan to change positions.

9️⃣ Sound equipment

Make sure your bike and all equipment are in good condition. Check your tire pressure, brakes and gears regularly. A well-maintained bike reduces the risk of technical problems during the ride. Also, always wear a helmet and make sure it fits properly. Safety should always be the top priority.

🔟 Look ahead & abide by the rules

Always stay alert and look ahead while cycling in a group. Pay attention to traffic signs, stop lights and other road users. Observe traffic rules and follow the directions of the road captain or group leader. Also, respect nature and other road users. By being aware of your surroundings and following the rules, you contribute to a safe and positive cycling experience for everyone.

Cycling in a group can be a great way to share your love of cycling, meet new people and enjoy beautiful rides together. By following these 10 rules, you will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for both yourself and your fellow cyclists. Enjoy biking together and always stay aware of your surroundings. Have fun cycling!

5 tips for cycling more safely in a group

Our goal is to help people cycle together more and more safely. Cycling in a group can also sometimes be dangerous, especially if the group is not well organized and cyclists are not aware of safety rules. Using the Cyql app helps organize rides and communication between them.

We give below our 5 tips to make your next bike ride with friends, family or colleagues not only fun, but also safer through Cyql. That way we can cycle together more safely in a group!

🚴🏼 1 – The group size
Before you leave, it is helpful to think about the group size. By using Cyql, it is clear in advance how big the turnout will be. Under normal circumstances, the NFTU recommends a maximum group size of 14 people on the road and 12 on the MTB. It is possible to limit the number of participants of a ride in the Cyql app.

🗾 2 – The route
It is recommended to communicate in advance the route that will be cycled. In the Cyql app, this can easily be added to the activity so that it is known to every participant. From the Cyql app, the ride can easily be transferred to your bike computer. This way you avoid surprises during the ride and everyone knows where to turn left or right.

📝 3 – Make agreements
Make clear agreements and repeat them. Communicate timely in the Cyql app about (changed) appointments and add the start location, departure time, route, speed and distance to the ride. Will there be a stopover subject? That too can be indicated in advance in the app. As a club, communicate clearly about the bike rides and for whom they are suitable. This will avoid disappointments afterwards because a ride was apparently much harder or longer than expected beforehand.

🦸🏼‍♂️ 4 – Ride with a road captain
The road captain’s job is to ensure that everything goes safely and other road users are inconvenienced as little as possible. Before departure, have the road captain explain the arrangements and ground rules well to your club members and add them in the Cyql app.

📞 5 – Emergency number ICE
Should an emergency arise during a ride, it is advisable to advise the ICE (in Case of Emergency) phone numbers of the participants. It is possible to add an ICE phone number to one’s own profile. Participants of a ride can then consult ICE data of each other.

Want to give Cyql a try for your cycling club or among your own cycling friends? Download the app and try it today.