When riding in a group, a
stagger formation should be observed for safety reasons. The minimum
recommended spacing to the bike directly in front of you should not be
less than two seconds (the two second rule). The bike in the lane to
your left or right should not be less than one second ahead of you. You
will find that two seconds is a long distance when riding at highway
speeds. That is it's a long distance when everything is going well.
When things go wrong, however, two seconds distance is gone in the time
it takes to figure out you are in trouble.
The two second rule is a
rule of thumb you should try to adhere to when possible, especially at
highway speeds. There are times, however when it is best to squeeze
together while in city streets & while slowing for a stop. This will
help prevent cars from entering the group.
When stopping as a group at an intersection, break stagger
formation and pull up beside the bike in the adjacent lane.
This will reduce the length of the group be half. Stay in
this formation until you are through the intersection.
Because the group is half as long it will take half the time to
clear the intersection and increase the odds of keeping the
you don't make it through the intersection with the group, don't
worry. Don't take a chance and run a red light. The leader
will know that you are not with the group and will slow down, or
wait for you down the road.
Parking in an orderly method substantially reduces the time for
all to get off the road and out of traffic. There is risk
of injury for the last bikes that may be blocking the road in an
attempt to stay with the group.
A good way to park,
if there is room, is for each bike to pull ahead of intended
parking place and then back up into your spot. You can see
how this is done on the image to the right. This can be
done very fast because you don't have to wait for the bike ahead
of you to finish the job.
If you find
yourself at the end of the group and can't get off the road
while waiting for others to park, GO AROUND. Come back a
minute or two later when things have settled down and take your
Passing on a
two lane road
usually very difficult for a group to pass a slow moving car on
a two lane road. Generally we will not pass a car on a two lane
road, particularly on local rides, unless it is going very
slow. If the lead biker decides to pass the car, each biker
must decide on his own if it is safe for him or her.
NOT follow the bike in front of you unless you are certain that
it is safe for you too.
IMPORTANT: After passing the car, keep going. You must make
room for all the bikes behind you.
Passing on a
freeway into a faster lane
a group, it can be difficult to pass a slow moving car on any
road with two or more lanes of same-direction traffic.
This is especially true with moderate to heavy traffic.
Often there is not enough room for the entire group to get
between cars in the faster lane.
The way to
accomplish this is for the last bike to pull over one lane to
the left and hold his position. Each rider should move to
the left lane as the cars in front of the rear biker pass them.
You can then pass the slow car as a group after the lead rider
moves to the left lane.
The lead rider should move back to
the right lane after passing the slow car by a safe distance.
It is very important that the lead rider maintain speed to make
room for all the other riders. Each rider should move back to
the right lane one at a time once safely cleared the slow car.
This can be a real slick choreographed move for other motorists
Passing on a
freeway into a faster slower
During a lane change into a lane moving slower than the group
(usually to the right), the FRONT bike moves over first.
Now, what do the rest of the bikes do? Legally, if the
whole group moves like a "brick" (everyone changing lanes
together in one movement), that is considered to be parading and
can cause problems if any emergency arises. Also, remember
that you and you alone are responsible for your own safety.
So, if each bike individually changes lanes in order following
the first bike to change lanes (whether from the front of the
back), you can reduce your risk factor, change lanes legally,
and still look REAL GOOD while doing the maneuver.
It is important that the lead and
tailing bikers talk to each other before the ride and come to an
agreement on how they intend to pass cars.