Rider Guidelines and By-Laws

• Helmets required on all rides

• Bike in working order

• Arrive before the start time. We leave on time.

• Be self-sufficient, bring your own:

  • Water, food
  • Money, cell phone, ID, membership card (digital)
  • Spare tube, pump / CO2, repair kit

• Zero tolerance

  • Riders who break safety rules will be warned ONCE
  • Next time they will be asked to leave the ride
  • If it happens on two rides in a row they will be asked to leave the club

• Etiquette

  • Wait at top of hill or next intersection for dropped riders If they are being dropped repeatedly
  • Ask if they are okay to ride alone and/or drop back to next group
  • Do not let a rider that is trying to get back on dangle off the back
  • Ease up so that they can get on. Do not stand ON the road
  • When we stop for any length of time, get off the road

• Share the Road

  • Be kind, make it easy for them to pass
  • Do not engage angry drivers
  • Report belligerent and/or dangerous drivers to Police if necessary

• Sprints

  • Only sprint at known safe spots, with clear lines of sight and NO following or approaching traffic
  • Do not cut-off other cyclists by changing your line

• Hazards and Hand Signals

  • Call “Car Back” - vehicle approaching from behind
  • Call “Clear” - no vehicles when going through an intersection
  • Point to road hazards (hole, debris)
  • Move to other lane passing buggies

• Mechanicals (+ flats)

  • The group stops until it is fixed or the rider waves you on

• Accidents

  • The group stops
  • Care for anyone who is injured (911 if necessary)
  • Ride leader to record info for OCA

• Weather

  • We cancel rides if there is a Severe Weather Warning or Lighting on the route.
  • Use common sense – choose to ride when it’s safe!