On this page we learn about “Who’s Who” in a riding group as well as the safe practices that are observed by Regina Chapter #9252 HOG® while riding in a group. These practices have been adopted in an effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable riding experience for all riders, no matter what level of experience they have. Please review this information and above all “ride and have fun”!
- New riders are welcome: we prefer you ride in the position you feel most comfortable in. We ask that you be comfortable with your bike and abilities before attempting a group ride. Should you feel that you would like some experience before you join a group ride, please contact our Head Road Captain and they will arrange for you to have one of our Road Captains provide some one on one riding time.
- Arrive at the ride starting point at least 10-15 minutes in advance to allow for pre-ride preparation. This would include such things as a safety check, discussion of the route and fuel stops and a review of hand signals which must be used during the ride.
- Arrive with a full gas tank, an empty bladder and appropriate riding gear. Don’t assume that because it is warm when you leave that it will be that way until you get back. Bring clothing for cold and/or wet as well.
- We will ride in a staggered formation with at least a two second gap between bikes in the same tire track.
- If a rider leaves during the ride, the rest of the group should re-form the staggered formation by criss-crossing into the next vacant position. Although it would seem more efficient for the column directly behind the missing rider to move up, we do not recommend it because passing another rider within a lane can be risky.
- Staggered bikes coming to a stop will assume a side by side formation and leave the stop and enter the intersection together. Although bikes will leave the intersection together, the bike in the left tire track will move off slightly faster so that we are back in staggered formation by the time we clear the intersection.
- The Road Captain (lead bike) will initiate the speed and lane changes. Do not pass the Road Captain.
- A Sweep (last bike) will be appointed for each ride. The Sweep will be responsible for pulling over to assist another bike should that bike signal that help is needed. ONLY the sweep pulls over. The group will continue until all bikes can safely pull over.
- Two or more groups may be formed depending on the number of bikes that are involved in a ride. Each group will have a separate Road Captain and Sweep.
- Passing will be initiated by the Road Captain’s flasher, then hand signal, then he/she will pull out and secure the passing lane as long as traffic permits.
- Follow the bike in front of you, when it is safe to do so.
- Regardless of the Road Captain’s signals, a rider is responsible for his or her own safety at all times.
- Once the group has departed from a stop it is expected that there is a commitment to go to the next stop. If you know in advance that you will be leaving the group ensure that you inform the Sweep and/or the Road Captain and then ride toward the back of the group, or as directed by the Sweep.
- No alcohol or drugs are permitted, before or during HOG® Rides.
- All Regina Chapter #9252 HOG® rides end at the destination. We ask that you act and ride responsibly.
Thank You from Your Chapter Road Captains!