As our group grows, it becomes more and more important that we obey the Runners’ Rules of the Road. The biggest help is the alert the group of approaching cars, runners and cyclist. A simple “Car Up” or “Biker Back”, will let the group know to make the adjustments needed to “Share the Road”.
Here is “Rules of the Road” from the Road Runner’s Club of America.
- Run against traffic if running on the road. If running on the sidewalk or multi-use trails, travel on the right and pass on the left.
- Never run more than two abreast if you are running in a group. Don’t be a road or trail hog.
- Don’t run down the middle of the road or trail.
- If you are running an out-and-back route, don’t just make a sudden u-turn at your turn around point. Stop, step to the right to allow oncoming traffic the opportunity to pass. Ensure the road or trail is clear of oncoming traffic (runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, etc.) then make your u-turn. Making a sudden u-turn without looking over your shoulder is a good way to get hit.
- Alert pedestrians when you are passing them – don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple “on your left” warning will suffice.
- Be alert on blind curves.
- Stop at stop signs and ensure oncoming traffic yields to you before proceeding across a road. Don’t assume cars will stop if you are entering a cross walk.
- Respect private property along your route.
- Don’t litter. If you can’t find a trash can, carry your trash home.
From the Road Runner’s Club of America.