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SCCCC Club Ride Policy

SCCCC group rides are social rides, not competitive events or 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 on the road. 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 at a speed and distance you feel comfortable with. See our ABCD Ride CategoriesRide leaders will often wait for riders to re-group at points along the way, however if you join a group that is beyond your current ability you may not enjoy your ride and may even get into difficulty with no one nearby to assist you. Riders should always aim to be self-supporting. Ride leaders and club members will try to assist you with minor mechanical problems, but it is each riders responsibility to be prepared to handle basic repairs such as a flat tire or dropped chain. The club and all of the local bike shops give clinics on these skills periodically and you should avail yourself of those. 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 discuss your pace with the ride leader and other riders to see if you can get paired up with someone in a similar pace. Riders sometimes deviate from the days route and we ask that they please communicate their intentions to the day's ride leader. (ex. "I'm turning around early" ... " I'm taking a different route home/back to the start", etc.).

 

Before the ride starts, every participant must sign a League of American Bicyclist (LAB) approved Waiver.  The ride leader may ask anyone to leave the group ride if they are discourteous to a fellow rider, or are not following laws or club ride guidelines.

 

Rider Responsibilities

  • Wear a properly-fitted helmet (US CPSC approved)
  • 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 basic repair tools/supplies, a 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; please don’t leave the group without notifying the ride leader
  • Don’t ride beyond your ability.  Join rides within your pace.
  • Here's a selection of safety tips:
    • Obey all traffic laws
    • Ride single file on narrow roads with no shoulder
    • Never ride more than 2 abreast
    • Be alert and courteous to to faster traffic needing to pass
    • Be alert and courteous to all that we share the road with
    • Ride at a steady predictable pace as much as possible
    • 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 with
    • 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.
    • Carry medical insurance info/ID with you on the ride
    • Avoid being ‘doored.’  Be alert to around stopped and parked cars in your path. 

 

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