Pay attention to what is happening around (and especially ahead) of you, and listen to signals and commands from other members of the group. You should be able to anticipate what is going to happen and not have to react to it when it does. And remember to watch the person in front of you and not your bike computer! Bicycles do not have brake lights and you will learn significantly more from watching a rider’s body language than from watching their spinning rear tyre.
When cycling in a group there is no such thing as a pleasant surprise.
This is key to safe group riding. Use the club hand and verbal signals to communicate hazards such as potholes, cars, etc. If you hear or see such a signal being given, repeat it, to pass the information to those riders behind or ahead of you (as the case may be). Where possible use both hand and verbal signals.
In addition to being responsible for your own safety, you are also responsible for safety and wellbeing of the other members of the group. You may be aware of things before the ride leader, for example if a member of the group is falling behind. Act accordingly and let everyone know. All rides are no-drop by default. If you see someone who is going too fast or struggling to keep up; speak up so the group stays together.
Be prepared to give club members constructive feedback when they don’t follow the guidance in this note, and be ready to receive it when you don’t. We need to do these things well. And we will only do that if we all focus on it.