These are some calls you might hear. It is essential that you repeat them down the pack so everyone can hear:
Keep tight to the cyclist next to you, and be prepared to cycle in single file.
Upcoming pothole to avoid. This can also be followed by a direction i.e. "HOLE LEFT".
Usually accompanied by a hand signal. The cyclist in front needs to slow down for some reason.
Stop, but only as quickly as the rider in front, stopping too quickly will cause the riders behind to bunch up and possibly crash!
Usually at junctions to indicate there is a car coming.
To indicate that a junction is traffic free. You must check yourself and not rely on others.
"Heads Up" “Easy“ or “Look Out”
Hazard ahead, pay attention.
"Single out/ single file”
Get into single file safely and promptly.
These are some hand signals (other than the obvious left and right turns!) It is essential that you repeat them so everyone can see and pass it on:
1. Single hand in the air (up or down): Rider is signalling that he/she needs to stop or slow down. Usually followed by the call 'Slowing', 'Stopping'.
2. Pointing down at the road: This is to point out hazards such as pot holes, manhole covers etc. PLEASE copy this signal, it stops accidents and punctures.
3. Arm out left or right: Everyone in the pack needs to indicate when turning left or right.
4. Left arm signalling behind back: Signal the cyclist is about to move out into the road, e.g. to pass a parked car, to go round debris in the road.
Please take it on board and keep our cyclists safe.