Ride Leader Guidelines
PLANNING FOR THE RIDE
1. If any part of the specified ride route is unknown to you, ride (or drive) it to check for suitability, hazards, etc..
2. It is important the distance and pace of the ride is in accord with the difinitions of ride types as outlined in the Ride Calendar Sub-committee guidelines on the webpage.
3. Once the quarterly ride calendar is published, it's the responsibility of the ride leader to inform the Web Master of any changes or amendments to the ride. WhatsApp is useful for informing members of last minute ride cancellations.
4. Plan for emergencies. The ride sheet, incorporating rider details, is regularly updated by the Secretary and emailed to all ride leaders. Be aware of rider emergency phone numbers, police, ambulance etc.. ie 000. If you can, download the 'Emergency' app on your phone and make sure it is the Australian version.
BEFORE STARTING THE RIDE
1. Take the ride sheet that outlines rider's emergency numbers.
2. Count the number of riders.
3. Welcome new riders.
4. Co-opt an experienced rider to be the "Tail End Charlie".
5. Explain the ride route and the intended destination.
6. Explain that if any rider leaves the ride, they need to inform you (the leader) or the Tail End Charlie.
7. Reinforce good safe riding practices for the ride.
DURING THE RIDE
1. Assess how the group is riding.
2. Ensure the pace suits the group as a whole, keeping in mind less experienced riders.
3. It's a ride, not a race. Take breaks. Check numbers. Make sure that the last person to arrive is well rested before the group continues.
4. As the designated ride leader, f you do not intend to return with the group to the allocated finishing point, then it is your responsibility to nominate another 'leader' to conclude the ride.
AFTER THE RIDE
1. Account for all riders.
2. If there has been an incident/accident during the ride, complete the Incident Report Form that can be found on the webpage and forward directly to the Secretary.
3. Invite feedback on any aspect of the ride.
4. Send a brief ride report and any photographs taken to the Web Master including the names of all participants.
GTC Rider Guidelines
Participating in Club rides:
Before the ride:
1. Familiarise yourself with the Victorian Road Law for Cyclists. An easy-to-read pdf guide is available from the Victoria Law Foundation: http://www.victorialawfoundation.org.au/sites/default/files/resources/Bike_Law_0.pdf
2. Ensure that your bike is in good repair. You should have a bell, pump, puncture repair kit or spare tube, tyre levers, a water bottle and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions and your own first aid equipment.
3. Be seen and be safe - consider the visibility of your clothing and the use of your bike light on busy roads, dull days and wet weather.
4. The Club has limited insurance cover for Club members on Club rides. Consider taking insurance to cover all other riding circumstances. Cycling-specific insurance cover is available through Bicycle Network, Cycling Australia, Bike Safe and some commercial providers.
5. If you are unsure of your ability to complete the ride contact the ride leader prior to the ride.
6. Check web site for any late changes to the ride.
On the ride:
1. Ensure you sign in and provide contact information on the Ride Sheet carried by the Ride Leader
2. Obey the road rules - please remember that your behaviour reflects on the Club and all cyclists.
3. While it is perfectly legal to ride two abreast, it is courteous to other traffic and the club chooses to ride single file where the road is narrow, has double white lines or heavy traffic or where visibility is limited such as when approaching a bend or crest.
4. Some riders do not like riding in close proximity to others, especially when road or traffic conditions are not ideal. If this applies to you speak up and ask the rider beside or behind you to "move up" or "drop back".
5. Keep to the left on shared paths. Use your bell when approaching pedestrians or other cyclists from behind.
6. Alert the rider in front before passing - always pass on the outside.
7. Leave plenty of room between yourself and the rider in front to allow for unexpected stops. If you have to stop, alert the riders behind you before using the brakes.
8. Avoid stopping near intersections and when stopped, ensure your bike is clear of the road edge and is not obstructing other road/path users.
9. Alert the group to hazards e.g. broken glass, approaching cars, other cyclists or pedestrians.
10. Notify the leader or tail end Charlie if you leave the group before the official completion of the ride.