Wow. What a lovely ride today. Sure, it was a bit brisk first thing in the morning, and I am getting over a bad sinus cold, but lots of sunshine along with great company got me through to the coffee prize at the end. Thanks to Simon, Jon, John, Phallon, Brad, Scott, Marc, Jeff, Brad (there were 13 of us, but names are escaping me).
Our group rode very well together and everyone was very competent and helpful, and as a result it was a pleasure. However, I did notice one incident and I'd like to bring it to everyone's attention going forward, and to all groups on the road. As we hit that slight downhill sprint section, you know, the one everyone loves toward the end of the ride where Kingston becomes Danforth, and the group strung out as usual. The signal at Variety Village turned red, and I noticed from behind that while most cars were lined up in the left lane, a few queued up to the right. As our riders approached the red light, instead of forming a blob behind those cars, they snaked through the stopped cars. When the signal turned green everyone started moving and I noticed the cars having to pass the riders in our group once again. The drivers were no doubt annoyed, having to then merge over to the left to pass a group of cyclists.
My suggestion is this: going forward, please try to act as a single vehicle with as few brains as possible. Be predictable. Try to keep the contact with other vehicles and drivers, not to mention the associated danger, to a minimum. Cars will pass us on the road. This is inevitable as they are motorized vehicles. Please give them as few chances as possible to do it. Let them pass a tidy group, stay in front and let them go.