Funeral etiquette

by pdows47   May 6, 2013  

Hi folks.

Iw just wondering if there's an accepted general option when encountering a funeral cortège?? I passed one going the other way yesterday, and want sure of appropriate marks of respect. If not cycling I'd stop and remove headgear, but that's not safe on the bike, so what would/do you guys do??

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When its passing the other direction, just look down at the road, as long as you don't stare, you are fine.

If you come upon on, follow it, don't pass.

If one come's upon you, get out of the way and let them pass.

If you are in the coffin, don't worry to much about it.

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posted by Gkam84 [9292 posts]
6th May 2013 - 13:44


Do a wheelie to cheer everyone up.

posted by broomwagonblog [16 posts]
6th May 2013 - 13:47


One of the (many) joys of not being a helmet wearer is to be able to tip ones cap to a passing funeral.

posted by Some Fella [900 posts]
6th May 2013 - 14:15


Cheers guys, not strictly relevant, but wrt helmets, I've had a bad experience not wearing one, is beyond question my wearing one now

posted by pdows47 [109 posts]
6th May 2013 - 14:37


Was it Lance Armstrong's career?

posted by Tom Amos [246 posts]
6th May 2013 - 14:49


Slipstreaming or reaching out for a sticky bottle would be a no-no too. Think the first response pretty much covers it.

My dad wants his ashes ridden up to top of Winnat's Pass by a peleton, so slipstreaming on that occasion would be appreciated.

posted by yourpaceormine [49 posts]
6th May 2013 - 15:08


I will follow a cortège at a respectful distance. If there is one approaching or turning out of a side street I stop and remove my cap if safe to do so. I have, on a couple of occasions received a subtle nod of appreciation from the driver of the hearse. I think now days very few people know what to do when a cortège passes by though.

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posted by giff77 [1142 posts]
6th May 2013 - 17:29