Positions and Hand Signals


Subject: Position and Hand Signals


Group Riding Information
 RIDING FORMATION The standard formation, under good conditions of road, traffic, and weather, will be a double row, staggered, in one traffic lane.  The interval will be no less than one second between staggered riders. 
The LEAD ROAD CAPTAIN will be at the head of the group, and typically will ride just to the left of the lane center.  Other Road Captains, may be assigned positions within the group, which will be followed by the rear Road Captain or the "Sweep"
 New members, guests, and any riders with little experience in group riding will be positioned at the front of the group, just behind the Lead Road Captain.

Each rider should maintain his/her starting line up position in the group until arrival at the destination.  This allows each rider to become familiar with the riding style and habits of those nearest  him/her in the group, and is particularly important for the new and inexperienced group riders.
 
Under certain conditions, the Lead Road Captain will signal the group to form a single file formation.  (This is often done after the group has passed an intersection, and allows the Road Captains to return to their assigned positions.)  The signal is the left arm held overhead with the hand extended (chopping motion).  Drop back a safe following distance from the rider in front of you, and move into a single file.
DO NOT RETURN TO DOUBLE FILE FORMATION UNTIL SIGNALED BY THE LEAD ROAD CAPTAIN!

Hand Signals


These signals will not cover every communication need, but they should provide sufficient means for the group to communicate while riding.


REMEMBER, road captains are equipped with radios and are in charge during a ride.

 
LEFT TURN
Arm extended and pointing to the left.


STOP or SLOW DOWN
Arm extended straight down with palm back. (If hazard exists in road, point to hazard)
RIGHT TURN
Upper arm extended horizontally, forearm straight up with palm forward.
 
FOLLOW ME
Arm extended straight up from shoulder with palm forward.

SPEED UP
Arm down to side, fist clenched with twisting motion as if turning throttle.
HAZARD IN ROAD
Point immediately with emphasis.
(Right or Left hand.)
 
SINGLE FILE
Arm extended straight up with hand extended in a chopping position.
DOUBLE FILE
Arm extended straight up with "rams horn" sign.

COMFORT STOP
Upper arm extended horizontally, forearm straight up, fist clenched with short up and down motion.
 
PULL OFF
Arm positioned as for right turn, forearm swung toward shoulder.

FUEL
Arm to outside, forearm pointing to tank.

TURN SIGNALS ARE ON
Arm extended with fingers & thumb opening & closing. (Think chicken dance)