Riding safe means that you, your bike and others
with the skills and knowledge to avoid accidents.
Rider Education means safe on the road.
Rider Perception Test
Training exercises are promoted by the Region
so that you as a chapter can practice your riding skills together
in the parking lot or on the road. We also have qualified trainers
who can visit and do workshops on site at your location.
Riding skill practice does not mean that you
are a bad rider, it means that you can become a better rider.
Rider habits are developed so that you ride defensively and
are alert to the environmental factors around you. Knowing how
to react, what to look for and practicing bike techniques protects
you and the others in your group.
Ride, and communicate being safe. Practice
your safe riding by doing drills and routines in the parking
lot. Remember that you cannot plough a field by turning it over
in your mind. You have to do it.
Example: Group riding can fall within
the three basic kinds of group riding.
- doing your own thing
- agreeing to some road rules
- riding as a coordinated unit
Gang riding is just that.
Riding with your own style, independent of
others in your group, doing your own thing.
Bad image, Bad riding and very unsafe way
to ride. Most riders start this way and discover
by trail and error. Falling hurts no matter
what you wear.
Leisure Riding is better
in that you know, you agree and you conform
to certain rules of the road. It is better
than gang riding but is still not real group
riding with full skills and awareness. Leisure
riding usually fits less skilled or disciplined
riders. This loose manner is still safer than
Team Riding or Coordinated Riding
involves the group working as a unit or team.
They move down the highway as a single entity.
Road captains and Tail riders allow group
riding to be the most enjoyable and safe way
to travel as groups. Team riding is experience
and a trust with confidence in yourself and
others. It is very satisfying and comfortable
way to ride.
Needless to say that we try to acquire the
skills and techniques of being able to ride
in a coordinated manner but it is not for everyone.
We recognize this and allow for each style when
on the road. Whether you can attain the skills
of coordinated riding or not, it is good to
know the why, how, and what of safe riding.
Riding buddies and company on the road makes
Riders who do not know or wish to function
within the rules necessary for group riding
can pose a hazard to themselves and others.
We try work as a unit for the safety of self
and others. Riders not functioning with the
group are still welcome but are encouraged to
ride in a more leisurely informal style or separate
from the group at a safe distance. The most
important rule is to stay alive on the road.
Remember that Signal Lights have not replaced Hand
We all ride at different skill levels. Rider education eliminates
most of the trial and error and increases our riding skills
and techniques. Rider education quickens our rider abilities
in an easy and enjoyable manner. We have fun doing it because
we practice it. It is always a good sign that we all can laugh
at each other.
Hand Signals never burn out.