Dealing with Hazards in a Cycling Paceline

Hazards in Paceline CyclingIMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS
Hazards to the paceline should be called out or pointed out depending on the hazard.

What is a Hazard?

A hazard to a cyclist is considered any object that could cause damage to a bike or cause an accident.
These hazards should be communicated throughout the paceline. It’s the job of each individual to make sure everyone is aware of the hazard. The first person to announce, or point out, the hazard should not be the last. It is recommended that as many people as necessary communicate the hazard to ensure all riders are aware of the hazard.

Examples of Hazards

MOVING HAZARDS (announced vocally):

  • Motor vehicles — “Car up” or “Car back”
  • Cyclists — “Bike up”
  • Pedestrians — “Walker up”, “Runner up”, or “Zombie up”
  • Animals — “Loose dog” or “Deer on road”
  • And so on…

NON-MOVING HAZARDS (Pointed out–Can be vocalized along with being pointed out as well):

  • Potholes
  • Manhole covers not level with the roadway
  • Rocks, gravel, sand
  • Glass
  • Branches
  • Dead animals
  • And so on…

Oh !@#$ …”HOLE!”

If you find yourself seeing a non-moving hazard at the last second, it is better to just announce the hazard than to risk trying to point it out as you hit it. Trying to do so could cause you to lose control of your bike. In this scenario, it is better to keep both hands on the bike and maintain control of your bike. Hopefully, others further back will hear you and have time to point out the hazard.

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