I like how it was written, the author makes a good argument for common sense...Dreaded ‘peloton’ ignores rules of the road
Re: Cycling rules for a safe summer, Community Voices, may 17
On cycling etiquette and road safety G. Schmidt didn’t mention the one thing that is increasingly causing tension between cyclists and motorists on Flamborough roadways: the practice of riding two or more bicycles abreast on the road – the dreaded “peloton.”
From the cyclists’ point of view. there is perceived safety in numbers, camaraderie, drafting and lack of clarity from the Highway Traffic Act.
From the motorists’ point of view, there is an awkwardly slow moving blur of tanned calf muscles creating an impedance ahead that must be passed.
Time-honoured etiquette presumes that the slower cyclists should fan out into single file to the right so that motor vehicles can pass safely to the left.*City of Hamilton By-Law (46) for bicycles dictates that all bicycles must be ridden as close as practical to the right hand curb or roadway edge, and only in single file, except while briefly passing.
Lately, I have encountered larger and larger pelotons riding continuously two and three or sometimes more abreast and five or more deep on Parkside Drive, failing to stop individually at stop signs or before making a left turn, occupying an entire lane, and refusing to yield to the faster motor vehicles behind.
Perhaps those colourful shorts and decalled aerodynamic helmets are too tight because they seem to keep some riders from remembering the rules of the road.*Just last weekend we witnessed what could have been a serious collision with some motorists fed up, trailing the peloton attempting to pass in the opposite left lane, and the long peloton attempting a sudden and unsignaled turn to the left.*A potentially fatal T-bone collision was narrowly avoided, and there was enough blame to pass all around.
It struck me that the peloton acted as a mob with unreasonable hubris, and the motor vehicle drivers as encountering a bewilderingly unpredictable, colourful, new life form.
I am strongly in favour of the dreaded péloton, especially when there is a mix of inexperienced and experienced cyclists. However, I am also in favour of the péloton behaving courteously: Riders in the rear calling out when vehicles wish to pass, riders ahead signalling when they can see that it is safe to pass, and everyone moving over to allow a pass.I read an interesting submission to the Flamborough review last week, I think it somewhat applies here...
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