SCCCC group rides are social rides, not races. We sponsor a variety of group rides each week. We strive to 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. Bicyclists, motor vehicles, pedestrians and others have rights and responsibilities. It is each members responsibility to be aware of their rights and responsibilities according the California Vehicle Code. Additionally the Club strives to align with the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling guidelines and curriculum.
In order for you to have the most fun and safe ride possible it is very important 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, however if you join a group that is far beyond your current ability you may not enjoy your ride or even get into difficulty with no one nearby to assist you. Ride leaders and club members will try to assist you with minor mechanical problems, such as a flat tire, but riders should always be prepared to be self-supporting. We recommend having the day's route sheet 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" " I'm taking a different route to get back to the start, etc.)
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.
- Wear a properly-fitted helmet (US CPSC approved) and make sure your bike is in good, safe condition for riding. No ear buds or headphones are allowed on group rides.
- Show up on time with water and snacks appropriate to the conditions.
- Your bike should be in good operating condition here are some tips
- You must carry repair tools, pump, spare tubes and know how to use them
- You must sign the Ride Waiver at the ride start.
- Bring the days cue sheet with you.
- Stay on route; don’t leave the group without notifying the ride leader
- Don’t ride beyond your ability. Join rides within your pace. You do not have to keep up with the ‘pack’.
- Here's a selection of safety tips:
- Obey all traffic laws
- Ride single file, not two or three abreast – especially on narrow roads with no shoulder
- Ride at a steady predictable pace, accelerating and decelerating smoothly
- Do not overlap the front wheel of your bicycle with the rear wheel of another bicycle
- Maintain a gap from the rider in front of you that you feel comfortable you can react
- Look up ahead while riding not at the wheel in front of you or at the ground. Always be scanning and trying to look ahead and around the rider in front of you. Use your peripheral vision and your hearing. Stay alert.
- When passing, call out “on your left” (no passing on the right)
- Warn before braking or slowing (call out 'stopping' or 'slowing' and use your hand signals if you can).
- Use hand and verbal signals to alert riders behind you of 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.