Swindon Wheelers Riding Etiquette & Highway Code

All Riders

  • You are responsible for your own safety and all Riders join club rides and activities at their own risk
  • If you have a medical condition and come out on a club organised ride it is your responsibility. However, you must inform the ride leader and be mindful of the effects your condition could have on the other riders in the group.
  • In case of emergency, it is advisable that you carry a completed Wheelers club card with emergency contact details and any significant medical issue documented.
  • You must ensure that you and your bike are roadworthy
  • Be courteous to other road users and follow the Highway code at all times
  • Unless you are an experienced rider, start in a lower group (Nova’s) and work up, if unsure senior member of the club can advise
  • All rides use recognised hand signals to alert the group of possible dangers such as pot holes.
  • Please familiarise yourself with these group riding signals
  • No new rider is ever left behind unless the ride leader is satisfied that someone is coming to pick you up.
  • If you find yourself dropping off the back of the main group (i.e. not able to keep up for some reason) let another rider know so this can be conveyed to the ride leader
  •  If you are leaving the ride before the designated end point you must let the ride leader know, ideally before the ride sets off but definitely before you leave the ride
  •  Consider joining British Cycling or the Cyclists Touring Club to obtain 3rd party insurance
  •  Ride steadily as sudden changes in speed get magnified as they are passed along the ride
  •  Ride two abreast where it as safe to do so but always be prepared to single out when necessary. Ride immediately behind the rider in front – do not overlap either forwards or sideways. Never ride more than two abreast
  •  Carry enough tools to get you out of common problems –SEE HERE 
  • Tri-bars are not permitted on Club Runs for safety reasons
  •  Helmets are compulsory for all rides
  • Mudguards are highly recommended in the winter
  •  Good front and rear lights are compulsory for evening rides.
  • By joining in with Club rides you are agreeing to abide by the above and follow the ride leader’s instructions
  •  Finally, the most important rule is to enjoy the ride!!

Junior Riders

  • We do not currently have a junior section, there are clubs in the area who do
  • 16-18’s can ride unaccompanied with parental consent, please email :  joinwheelers@emaildodo.com

Relevant High Code Rules

Rule 63

Cycle Lanes These are marked by a white line (which may be broken) along the carriageway. When using a cycle lane, keep within the lane when practicable. When leaving a cycle lane check before pulling out that it is safe to do so and signal your intention clearly to other road users. Use of cycle lanes is not compulsory and will depend on your experience and skills, but they can make your journey safer.

Rule 163

Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so. You should give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car.

Rule 167

DO NOT overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users. For example: Stay behind if you are following a cyclist approaching a roundabout or junction, and you intend to turn left

Rule 212

When passing motorcyclists and cyclists, give them plenty of room. If they look over their shoulder it could mean that they intend to pull out, turn right or change direction. Give them time and space to do so.

Rule 213

Motorcyclists and cyclists may suddenly need to avoid uneven road surfaces and obstacles such as drain covers or oily, wet or icy patches on the road. Give them plenty of room and pay particular attention to any sudden change of direction they may have to make.