Ride Participant Guidelines
Both Club members and non-Club members are welcome to attend any Club rides. All participants are expected to arrive at the departure site 15 minutes before departure time so that they can sign in, obtain a map, and obtain any instruction from the Ride Leader.
- Participants are expected to ride a bike in good operating condition.
- Participants are expected to equip their bikes with at least one water bottle, a frame pump or equivalent, spare tube or patch kit, and any other equipment needed to repair a flat tire or other simple break downs.
- Participants must wear a safety-approved bicycle helmet.
- Those planning to attend Club rides should take a close look at the ride calendar and select those rides most suitable for them. There is a great variety in rides. In general, the longer rides are designed for experienced riders and the shorter rides are designed for the novice. Select rides that are right for you and your level of ability.
If you have any questions, please contact the Ride Chair or Ride Leader for a specific ride.
The Club adheres to the following guidelines that augment the State Code. These guidelines are meant to promote courteous and safe riding habits among bicyclists and to permit motorists to pass a group of cyclists safely and without impediment.
The Club expects members to ride single file when overtaken by motor vehicles. To notify members of the necessity to merge into a single file, a cyclist at the back of the group should call out “car back” in sufficient time so that all riders can position themselves towards the right side of the right lane. Reciprocally, when the view ahead may be obstructed a rider at the front of the group should alert those riders towards the back with the words “car up,” so that no rider is on or near the left-hand side of the road in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Other words of warning or hand signals keep your fellow riders from hazards or keep them from running into you:
- To indicate your intention to turn – Use the left or right hand turn gesture
- To indicate that you are passing a fellow cyclist – Call out "on your left (right)"
- To indicate to a fellow cyclist who is merging into your riding lane that his/her rear wheel is clear of your front wheel - "You’re clear"
- To indicate that you are slowing down or stopping - Extend your arm downward and palm facing backward as you slow down. If appropriate, call out the reason for slowing/stopping such as "tracks up," "gravel" etc.
- To indicate hazards - Point to the location and call out "glass," "bump," "gravel"
Crossing railroad tracks requires special care on the part of the cyclist, for tracks are extremely slippery (especially when wet) and can be very rough. To date, the Club has experienced more accidents at railroad crossings than in any other setting. To eliminate the chance of having your front wheel skid on the smooth surface of the tracks, cross the tracks at a right angle. If you must leave your lane in order to cross the tracks properly, wait until there is no traffic coming from either direction.
Drafting or riding in a pace line is a common Club practice. Not all Club members draft or care to be used for drafting, however. So do not ride on someone’s rear wheel without permission. Because distances between riders in an efficient pace line are small, if you join a pace line it is doubly important that you keep others in the line informed about your movements (slowing, turning) and the road hazards ahead. Remember that by joining a pace line and enjoying the benefits of drafting, you should expect to break the wind for the group by riding in the lead position on a rotating basis.