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SCCCC Club Ride Policy

SCCCC club rides are social rides, not races.  We sponsor a variety of group rides and promote safe riding in a cooperative atmosphere.  The following rules have been developed over the years to promote the safety of our riders and others.  Share the Road means pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles all have rights and responsibilities.

 

In general, club rides are No Drop rides. It is recommended that you chose a ride group that goes a speed and distance you feel comfortable with. Ride leaders will often wait for riders to re-group at points along the way.  Ride leaders and club members will try to assist you with minor mechanical problems, such as a flat tire, but riders should aim to be self-supporting.  We recommend having the day's route with you and riding with a buddy.  If you didn’t come with someone, feel free to ask one of the other riders if you can ride along with them. Riders are also welcome to ride on their own but for safety reasons, you should communicate your intentions to the day's ride leader. (ex. "I'm turning around early") Ride leaders should ask the riders assembled to self-assess and "buddy up" as needed.

 

Before the ride starts, every participant must sign a League of American Bicyclist (LAB) approved waiver.  The ride leader reserves the right to ask anyone who is discourteous to a fellow rider, or who is endangering the safety of the group, to leave the ride. 

 

Rider Responsibilities

  • Wear a properly-fitted helmet (US CPSC approved) and make sure your bike is in good, safe condition for riding
  • Show up on time with water, snacks and properly-inflated tires
  • Have repair tools and tubes, and know how to use them
  • Sign up with ride leader and obtain cue sheet
  • Stay on route; don’t leave the group without notifying the ride leader
  • Don’t ride beyond your ability.  You do not have to keep up with the ‘pack’
  • Follow safety guidelines:
    • Obey all traffic laws
    • Ride single file, not two or three abreast – especially on narrow roads with no shoulder
    • Ride at a steady pace, accelerating and decelerating smoothly
    • Do not overlap the front wheel of your bicycle with the rear wheel of another bicycle
    • Maintain a safe gap from the rider in front of you
    • When passing, say “on your left”  (no passing on the right)
    • Warn before braking or slowing.  Use hand and verbal signals for turns and point to identify approaching hazards.  Alert riders to upcoming turns, road hazards, pedestrians, cars, potholes, etc.
    • No wearing of headphones or buds
    • Carry medical insurance info/ID with you on the ride
    • Avoid being ‘doored.’  Be alert to stopped and parked cars and move at least 3 feet from the parked car to avoid an opening door. 

 

A series of excellent short videos has been put out by the League of American Bicyclists. Each is only a minute or so long, and they are clear and well produced:  

 

Smart Cycling Videos | League of American Bicyclists