Riding Guidelines (Updated)

In order to have the most fun and enjoy safe rides we do ask that riders respect the following guidelines:

  1. Helmets must be worn at all times when riding.
  2. When completing rides on public roads, normal road rules must be obeyed (including stopping at traffic lights).
  3. At the start of each ride the ride leader will outline the ride, including the total length of the ride and potential danger spots.
  4.  As far as possible, rides will be conducted on designated bike paths and quiet residential roads. Cycling on busy roads is to be avoided unless there is absolutely no other alternative. On such public roads riders should ride single file, with gaps between small groups of riders. Particular care must be taken at all road crossings.
  5. Rides will be adjusted according to the weather conditions. Rides will be cancelled on all total fire ban days and days where the top temperature is expected to reach 35C. On days between 30 to 35C, the ride will be slower/shorter with numerous drinks stops.
  6. In order to improve safety for all riders, large groups (say 15 – 20) will be split into two or more smaller groups. Normally all groups would rejoin at the designated lunch spot. One group may ride faster/longer than the other.
  7. We expect riders choosing to join in one of rides to ride with the group and not surge or bolt off the front of the group. This invariably leads to some riders being dropped at the rear and the group becoming splintered.
  8. Bad language is discouraged on rides and club activities.
  9. Rides are predominantly non competitive but usually include a few sections where riders can give vent to their natural competitive spirit (eg short sprints or hill climbs). On all other sections of each ride we ask riders to exercise discipline by not attacking or varying speed which makes it difficult for less experienced riders to stay with the group.
  10. Both men and women are always welcome to join us on any of our rides.
  11. Before joining a ride, all riders are advised to check their degree of fitness to assess if the ride is within their current level of ability. Most rides will be conducted at speeds of around 20 kph (and faster at times). Some rides may include hills which are not suitable for all riders.
  12. Riders are encouraged to maintain their bikes to a good level and make sure that they bring spare tubes and basic tools on each ride.
  13. Rides are intended for riders over 18 years of age. We cannot be responsible for looking after the welfare or safety of younger riders.
  14. Riders should be equipped with a mobile phone with the ride leader’s number programmed in.
  15. Any rider who becomes separated from the group should call the ride leader to inform them what has happened. It is best to wait until another rider can ride back to show you the way.
  16. Finally it is important to point out that we are NOT an official riding organization or Cycling Club. No charge is made for those wishing to ride with us. We are just a group of individuals that like riding our bikes together. We take no responsibility for any loss, injury, mishap or accident that may occur on any ride. Any individual wishing to ride with us takes full personal responsibility for their own safety and wellbeing while involved in any of our activities. It is important to point out that cycling can be dangerous and that accidents or injuries can occur, either caused by the cyclist themselves or by other parties. By participating with us you are agreeing that neither you or other parties acting on your behalf, will have any right to pursue legal compensation for any injury or loss suffered while so participating. For that reason, all riders are strongly encouraged to organise their own insurance cover (such as through Bicycle Network Victoria).

Role of the Ride Organiser

For all scheduled rides we will have a nominated “Ride Organiser”. The responsibilities of the organiser are as listed below:

  1. To be thoroughly familiar with the exact route of the ride, including any potential danger spots, etc.
  2. To conduct the pre ride briefing and pass on any important instructions to the riders.
  3. To officially start the ride when they consider it appropriate.
  4. To conduct the ride in a fashion which is safe and enjoyable for all those taking part.
  5. To keep an eye out for anyone who may be in need of assistance during the ride.
  6. Any other tasks as required during the ride as may be considered important., such as delegating someone to be the “tail end Charlie”.
  7. All riders should know the contact number of the ride leader, in case they get separated from the group.

If riders are running late for the start of a ride it is important that they contact the organiser to advise them of their situation.

No rider is to deviate from the prescribed route without first informing the ride organiser. It is important that the organiser knows the whereabouts of each rider during the ride. It is expected that all riders participating in any ride obey the directions of the ride organiser. It is standard group etiquette for all riders to ride behind the designated leader, unless the leader has said that is OK to ride ahead.

We are always looking for new ride leaders. If you would like to become more involved and contribute to the group in a very practical way, please let us know of your availability.