Below is a collaborative map. You can add your start point and route. You may also add intermediate pick-up points. For an example, see what Mighk set up for VegFest last year. When adding your start point, please indicate the time you will roll out.
The map starts with one initial route. Courtney Miller of reThink will be leading the Cady Way bike bus.
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How to Lead a Bike-Bus
Route planning: It is best to use multi-lane roads where your group can ride two-abreast and occupy the right lane. Quiet streets are a nice option where possible, but it’s a good idea to avoid 2-lane roads with steady traffic.
Leading: There are 2 key positions for leading a group: the front and the rear. The front rider knows the route, the rear rider initiates lane changes. When the bike-bus makes a left turn on a road with more than one lane in each direction, the front rider will call out when to change lanes. The rear rider will negotiate or ensure the next lane to the left is clear and move into it, then the group will sweep left in front.
Safety: Be sure to point out road hazards and move the group well away from them. Clear communication is important. Pick a designated person to ride in the back and lead merges. Explain to everyone how the group works before you roll. Encourage participants to speak up if the pace feels too fast and adjust accordingly.
The idea of a Bike-Bus is companionship and visibility. Staying together is the key, both for safety and to ensure nobody gets dropped and possibly lost. Keeping slower riders near the front and a faster, more experienced rider at the back will help keep the group together. Keep speeds low, it is not necessary to ride fast on the road.