Come to a Complete Stop

This week on Tuesday’s Tip: The benefits of coming to a complete stop at Stop signs.

This is specifically a tip for Road Captains leading medium to large groups. I am not instructing you to come to a complete stop at each and every stop sign, I am merely pointing out some of the advantages of doing so.

Coming to a complete stop and waiting for everyone to catch up and put their feet down is a good Road Captain habit. If you roll through intersections the tail end of the pack may have to run stop signs in an unsafe manner or stop and then exceed a safe speed in order to catch up with the pack. The tail may always be playing catch up like a slinky. By stopping and waiting for everyone to come to a complete rest you keep everyone together and can check to make sure you have the whole group. It also puts everyone at ease; no one will feel rushed. I think the best benefit is that everyone expects the bike in front of them to stop. When you have a group where most of the riders roll through the stop signs you have a dangerous situation because eventually someone is going to come to a complete stop and the guy behind him isn’t going to expect it. You may have a collision or a close call.

8 Responses to “Come to a Complete Stop”

  1. Good advice. I always do that. I also tend to slow on far approaches to green lights hoping they’ll turn red and I can stop if I have a large group I’m leading. That way we’re all tightened up for when it turns green and nobody has to risk trying to blow the light at the tail end of the pack.

    If it’s only 5 or 6 bikes, I usually speed up a bit so we can all make the green light.

    If all that wizardry fails and we only get 1/2 through the light, I just pull over and wait.

  2. Last time I checked, the point of a stop sign is for a driver, rider, motorist, whatever, to come to a complete stop. Did I miss something??? Just asking…..

  3. All good points about the traffic light wizardry Mr Joker!

  4. Not to mention that being stopped with a foot down gives us a stable platform to work with. Not sure how applicable it is in the middle of a large group, but I find that’s where a lot of surprises happen. I hate to put my foot down. That makes the bike wobbly at stop signs and I’m least prepared for defensive action. I know, I should practice what I preach. I rely on superb skills to get me out of trouble! What if everyone in the group could put their foot down at once? Wouldn’t that be a cool stomping sound?

  5. Well, Irondad, if we were a group of Goldwing riders maybe you could actually hear that! LOL

  6. Diana – LMFAO!!!! That was just perfect!

  7. That’s good advice. Stopping at a STOP sign could save your life. But I don’t usually take advice, or come to a complete stop at stop signs. But I also don’t ride in large groups much, just got tired of it. The few people I will ride with know my abilities and I know theirs. We know each other well enough to know that wether a stop sign, changing lanes or whatever, the lead bike will not go unless there is room for everyone to go safely.

  8. Willy, that’ll work in some scenarios and with some of our fellow riders, but if you lead a ride that is open to any rider, you end up having a pretty complex set of issues to consider as you ride. A lot of us ride with organizations that cannot predict the number of riders nor the experience level of riders that will attend a given ride.

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