Vehicular Cycling Recap
Weather and a birthday celebration made for a perfect night as we looked over some lane position diagrams and rode as a group throughout the neighborhood. The best part of the evening was asserting our presence on Lake Street as we cruised back to Sunrise. Read on for a recap of this event!
Facilitated by Nickel
A few tips for those that couldn’t make it:
1. Cyclists Fare Best When They Act and Are Treated as Drivers of Vehicles
I really cannot emphasize this enough. We are traffic and with that comes both responsibilities and respect.
2. Ride in your comfort zone to build confidence
Do not feel like you ‘have’ to ride on certain streets or deal with levels of traffic that makes you feel uncomfortable. Confidence will come with time, patience and practice. Riding in groups is empowering and can help one push their limits.
3. Proper communication is key
Being predictable in traffic is an important component of driving your bicycle in a safe manner. Hand signals and eye contact with drivers of motorized vehicles can help convey intentions. Hand signals and vocalization with drivers of bicycles (particularly in groups) allow for identification of hazards, cyclist actions (e.g. sudden braking or slowing) and ever changing road conditions.
We all had a really good time learning about intersection positioning and communicating with each other on our short practice ride. I would encourage people that are new to riding in a group to try out the Grease Rag group ride, which happens the first and third Thursdays. The ride is relaxed and is all about learning and communication.
If you are interested in taking more traffic skills courses or if you are interested in becoming a Licensed Certified Instructor, please leave a comment on this post and we’ll get you some information!
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