STAR #474 Manassas, VA

Ride Safety

Group Size

Posted by Wayne Vick on November 28, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Depending on the number of participants on a ride, we will break into smaller groups of 6 to 12 riders, each with its own Ride Leader and Tail gunner. All groups will follow the same route and make the same stops. Each group will stay together during the entire ride, meeting up with the other groups at the designated stops. If an individual rider is planning to leave the ride at any time, he must inform his Ride Leader (and Tail gunner) when and where he plans to do so.


     Bikers Dozen: The size of a riding group is an important consideration for ride captains. We’ve all seen pictures of ride groups of a hundred to several thousand. Groups of that many riders are usually special occasions with official and police support. What this doesn’t consider is the impact on the driving public and the resulting impact on our safety. For our smaller group rides we will limit our groups to a Bikers Dozen (12 riders). If we end up with more than 12 riders in a ride, we will divide into two riding groups.


     More than a Dozen is a Danger: Consider the psychological impact of a large ride group spread out over a distance in the right lane of a highway. Someone in the left lane that wants to take an exit may get caught off guard and force their way through the formation to get to their exit. Smaller ride groups are considerate of the driving public while maintaining the beneficial safety of a group.

Categories: Group Riding

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