Groups often stop together at rest areas, to regroup, or in response to mechanical problems. Groups may also stop as a courtesy if traffic has backed up for a long time without an opportunity to pass. Stopping as a group requires care to execute safely.
Leaving the Roadway
- Do not stop or stand in the roadway to rest or wait for others. § 20-161
- Stop your bicycle off the roadway on a shoulder, sidewalk area or public driveway/parking area.
- If you must stop immediately with no safe paved surface outside the roadway, signal your stop, stop carefully, and then walk your bicycle off of the roadway.
- Don’t try to ride your bike onto a soft shoulder.
- Be courteous to other drivers and pedestrians who wish to proceed.
- If stopping at a business, take the opportunity to patronize them. Restaurants and convenience stores are good places to restore your energy, and you’ll be helping the local economy.
- Take care not to block access to driveways, walkways, parking, or business entrances.
- Announce your intentions and readiness in advance of restarting.
- Ensure that there is no other traffic coming.
- Restart at an easy pace until everyone is together.