Charter of respect and safety

CHARTER OF RESPECT AND SAFETY

GSTRAIL.EU is happy to receive you and wishes you welcome.

Because we want to ride with a maximun of safety during our friendly encounters, each rider must ride according to the highway code and be respectful of nature and the tracks he uses. He also must use a vehicle that respects the regulations, codes and standards.

The participant to our event declares having a properly insured and registrated vehicle as it is expected by the law. Each participant agrees to strictly respect our general conditions.

In any case, the organizer GSTRAIL.EU can not be held responsible for an incident or an accident, a break down or any breach from the participant.

How to ride safely in a group

Rules of conduct…

Riding a bike often happens alone, sometimes with a passenger and regularly with a group. Riding in a group means there will be differences in age, experience, skills, character and of course bikes : all these differences have as a consequence that each rider will go at his own pace. The goal is to organize a group and ride safely. That is why there are some rules of conduct which will guarantee individual safety and the group safety in any circumstances : in a straight line, in a bent, during overtakings.

Organization of the tour

Knowing how to ride a bike it is first having the ability to organize oneself before departure. Brakes must be checked, tire pressure…

Do not forget to be equipped according to the weather.

You must have all relevant papers (insurance, registration, driving licence)

You must be ON TIME, with your tank full (There is nothing worse for a whole group having to stop for one rider to fill his tank up)

Each participant must read the road-book beforehand (Pauses, visits…)

Write down the name and phone number of the GO and the last rider

Write down the address and phone number of the meal breaks.

Each participant must accept that GSTRAIL.EU is not a race.

During a tour no one should be left behind, and solidarity behaviour is expected.

No inconsiderate overtaking should occur, please keep your distance and use your indicator.

Organization of the groups

Riding in group implies that the participant should ride in staggered rows (this means no single line) and must respect safety distance between each vehicle and his own place within the group.

Whatever the situation the participant should never overtake the group’s leader.

The first rider has an important role :

  • He will ride on the left hand side of his lane, as a « guide »
  • He must recognize the itinerary and guide other riders
  • He his riding according to the speed of the rider following him
  • Ideally the group leader will wear a fluorescent waistcoat

The second rider :

The second bike should be the bike with the smallest engine, or the one who has got the smallest tank or the less experienced rider

  • Riding :
  • In a straight line

The fact that a bike is a narrow vehicle will allow the rider to use all the space on his lane. When solo riding one’s should ride in the middle of the road and even sometimes a bit on the left of his lane. When riding in a group a bike should be a bit on the left or on the right of the lane. Each rider that is part of a group will personally commit to respect the safety rules in a collective interest point of view. This means riding in staggered rows except when the road is turning.

The leader always rides on the left handside of his lane, like in the picture below.

Each bike will be riding in staggered rows.

This will make the group more compact, and will allow greater safety distances and will be more appropriate in case of emergency braking.

Riding in staggered rows has one more benefit : a central visual corridor which will allow each rider to see far away.

During our tours, we always ride in small groups from 3 to 5 bikes and exceptionally a bigger group with up to 15 bikes maximum.

When riding in a group one’s will not overtake and is responsible of the following bike. One’s always keep safety distances.

The last bike :

Will ride in the middle of the lane to avoid another vehicle to split the group up.

  • Will keep an eye on the group
  • Will warn of a problem by using the headlight
  • Will be ridden by an experienced rider
  • Will be powerfull and in good condition
  • Must be able to join the leader easily in case of a problem, this role can be given to the second last bike
  • Ideally the last rider should wear a fluorescent waistcoast

In a bend

Ideally riding in staggered rows still applies. Being idealy placed in a bend authorizes an ideal trajectory and if one is in a consecutive series of bends, it is possible to be in a single line.

One’s will NEVER stop in a bend or at the exit of a bend. If something happens to a rider in a bend, one’s will carry on and will stop in a safe place from which he can be seen.

When overtaking

The first rule is that one’s should awlays keep his slot within the group.

But it might be necessary to overtake another road user : a truck, a car…

Overtaking will occur one rider at a time respecting the group’s order.

Each rider will overtake waiting his own turn and will wait until the rider in front of him has finished to overtake.

The rider will then place himself on the left handside of the lane and will start to overtake when there is enough space between the rider in front of him and the vehicle being overtaken.

Once the vehicle is overtaken it is important not to slow down like that the following rider can overtake as well.

Essential recommendations

  • Respect safety distances
  • Always make use of indicators when overtaking, and not to forget to switch them off after the manœuvre.
  • Do not hesitate to make use of the rear braking lights (by gently braking and releasing the brake consecutively)
  • Make sure you transmit to the group leader the headlight signals from the back of the group (traffic light, slow vehicle, vehicle break down etc)
  • Be vigilant not to fall a sleep as this phenomenon might occur when following another rider
  • During direction changes the second or third bike if it happens to be a novice rider should stop and indicate the direction to follow to the rest of the group. He will then be in the second last position.

The basics

           Respect highway code 

  • Do not ride after drinking alcohol or under the influence of drugs (be careful to some medications)
  • Do not ride on the emergency stop lane
  • Always stop in a safe places
  • Be seen by other vehicles: headlights, indicators, etc.
  • Be courteous and thank other road user when they give you prority.
  • Respect other road users, respect nature (noise etc)

All departures will be a group at a time to minimize risks and to allow everyone to have a pleasant tour.

Everyone is free to follow his own itinerary and not to follow the road-book, the road-book is only a reference point and it is not mandatory to follow it.

* Rules inspired of the article from the « repaire du motard »