5 Cycling Rules That All Cyclists Should Obey! For those of you that already follow me, you know that I’m a huge fan of GCN. That stands for Global Cycling Network for those of you that don’t already know.
I’m also a huge fan of cycling for commuting. When GCN made this recent video called, “ 5 Rules All Cyclists Should Obey”, it really rang home.
During the last 8 years since returning to cycling, I’ve done everything I can to stay safe on the road. Sometimes that’s not easy when there’s road rage drivers blowing past you, honking their horns. Or impatient drivers that like to speed through stop signs and even red lights.
Similar to GCN, I’m not a huge fan of snobbish rules that don’t make sense. However, there’s still a few rules that I believe everyone should stick to in order to stay safe on the road.
I’m going to briefly discuss these 5 cycling rules that I think are very important. And then provide the video with the original content that GCN featured on YouTube.
Here are the 5 cycling rules that all cyclists should obey
Rule 1: Point out potholes
This has happened to me many times while riding with my dad. If I’m following behind him, there’s no way I’m able to see potholes until it’s too late.
It would be nice if he pointed them out before it was too late, which he never does. To me it’s just common courtesy to point out potholes to your follow riders to help avoid a puncture, broken wheel or a crash.
What would be very helpful is to point to the pothole while even shouting out that it’s there.
Rule 2: Wave at other cyclists
During my epic adventures, I like to wave to other riders and even say hello. It might seem strange to some, but to me it just creates solidity in the cycling community. Plus, if the other cyclists doesn’t wave or say hello back, it’s a sign they might be plain outright rude.
Rule 3: Don’t run red lights
Here’s another one of those important cycling rules that my dad loves to break all the time. Whenever he comes to a red light, and sees no cars around, he immediately runs the red light.
To me this is not courteous to other road users and doesn’t show respect.
Rule 4: A clean bike is a happy bike
This is a rule that I’m guilty of breaking a lot myself. After a hard, long ride I can have little motivation to clean my bike. After-all, cleaning it is way less fun than riding it.
But, cleaning your bike after a dirty ride will cut down on the costly maintenance of your bike, and therefore save you lots of money.
Rule 5: No letting off wind up front
Here’s an occurrence that might seem very disgusting, but it does happen. My dad has a bad habit of blowing wind up front when he should be doing while riding behind.
It’s just considerate to not do this while someone is following you, so don’t do it!