Changing lanes as a group in a coordinated fashion enhances the safety of the riders. By everyone being familiar with and executing this procedure, confusion is greatly reduced with our riding formation and surrounding vehicles. Please use the link below to familiarize yourself with the process.
Note: The lead rider will initiate the lane change with a hand signal pointing to the left (for a left lane change) or over their head to the right (for a right lane change). The use of turn signals is not needed or desired when the lane change is in progress.
Chapter Lane Change Process (Opens a New Tab). Note: Be patient...it will progress slowly but surely.
We ride in a staggered formation (i.e. the bike #1 is always in left 1/3 of lane, bike #2 in the right 1/3 of lane, bike #3 in the left 1/3 of lane, and so on).
Maintaining proper intervals between riders not only looks really cool, it discourages other traffic from breaking into the formation (please avoid excessive gapping!).
Hand signals are the most common means of passing information to other members of the group. All hand signals should be passed to the riders behind you. Not passing back hand signals can cause confusion and unsafe conditions for those riders behind you.
Upon a Chapter group ride, we'll invariably come upon a stop sign, either 4-way, or a 2-way where cross-traffic does not stop. Regardless, please be prepared to transition through the stop sign intersection as follows:
1) The lead rider will bring everyone to a stop at the intersection's stop sign.
2) The lead rider will await all riders coming to a stop to include the sweep rider (known as stacking at the stop sign).
3) Upon the sweep rider's confirmaton the group is "stacked," the ENTIRE group of riders will proceed through the intersection--with no further individual rider stopping at the stop sign.
NOTE: All riders must remain vigilant for other cars failing to yield to our rider group when at/or approaching the intersection. Each rider should take actions to ensure personal safety!
Lastly, PLEASE login your bike's mileage...click HERE to see the process...it's simple and it helps you earn gift cards and the Chapter compete at the National & Regional levels!