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Multi-lane highway
with two lanes in the
same direction

Right lane – rider position

When the riding group is travelling on a
highway with a second lane for travel in
the same direction, the group should ride
in the travel lane to the right. The lead rider
should ride in the left (dominant) portion
of this right lane. In this position, the lead
rider has an escape route to the right
portion of the lane and another to the lane
to the left if there is an emergency.

The second rider stays a minimum of
one second behind the leader in the right
portion of the lane. The third rider rides two
seconds behind the leader in the left portion
of the lane, and so on for the other riders.

 


Staggered pattern for riding on a multi-lane
highway when riding in the travel lane to the right.

Left lane – rider position

If the left lane must be used, the lead
rider should ride in the right portion
of the lane. In this situation, this is the
dominant position to protect the lane.
This position also allows the lead rider
an escape route to the left portion of the
lane and another to the lane to the right if
there is an emergency.

The second rider stays a minimum of one
second behind the leader in the left portion
of the lane. The third rider rides two seconds
behind the leader in the right portion of the
lane, and so on for the other riders.

 


Staggered pattern for riding on a multi-lane
highway if the left lane must be used.
 

Group lane changing

To change lanes on a multi-lane highway,
the lead rider indicates the intent by
signalling and using a predetermined arm
signal. Each following rider then indicates
the intent to change lanes by signalling.

When there is plenty of space in the
next lane, the rider in the last position
is the first to change lanes.
When the
last rider has safely moved to the new
lane, the rest of the group completes the
lane change, one at a time. (The order in
which the remainder of the riders make the
lane change, other than the last rider who
goes first, must be decided by the group
before starting the ride. One recommended
method is the last rider, fourth, third, second
and then the leader.)

If the group has changed lanes to pass
another vehicle, the group must wait until
all riders have passed the vehicle they are
 

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