Here riders have changed to single file, the ride captain may shout “single up”. This can be for a number of reasons such as narrow lanes, traffic islands, or double white lines. By riding in this formation the riders are showing consideration to drivers as riding two abreast may cause a restriction in the road and prevent the safe flow of traffic.
Often riders at the front will call the command to ‘single up’ as they will be the first to see the change in road layout. However the call can also come from the rear of the group if they notice a build up of vehicles behind the group, unable to pass.
Warnings of traffic approaching from the front on narrow lanes can be given to the group by the call of ‘car down’ or ‘car up’ when traffic is approaching from the rear.
Good communication is key to help ensure the safety of all road users.