Code Of Conduct
Ride captains are responsible club members that have been tasked to look after the safety of you, the cyclist. Our contribution as a club member is to comply with the ride captains requests, adhere to the rules of the road & help fellow cyclists who need assistance on the ride.
Code of Conduct for Cyloam Cycling strives to promote a safe and enjoyable cycling environment for all its members in the company of other cyclists. It endeavours to lead by example and relies on each of its members to take responsibility to achieve this. By being a Cyloam Cycling member, you are expected to adhere to this code of conduct. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action, including expulsion from the club. Safety is paramount to the enjoyment of cycling. Awareness and consideration are fundamental to ensuring a cycling environment that is safe and fun. It is the responsibility of each individual to practise safety in respect of their own actions, as well as in their conduct towards other cyclists, motorists and road users safety.
Cyloam Cycling places the highest importance on providing a safe riding environment for our members. In addition, we acknowledge that we share the roads with other road users, and aim to encourage responsible cycling in the interests of everyone’s safety. Respect your fellow road users and obey the rules of the road. Obey instructions from your ride captains at all times. Ride responsibly – avoid any actions that could jeopardize your fellow cyclists. Wear club kit so that support vehicles can identify you. Ride within the yellow line – no verge, no buddy. Never ride more than 2 abreast. Do not swear, make rude gestures or act aggressively to motorists who you feel have done something wrong. This leads to escalation and possible conflict, and taints cyclists in the eyes of other road users. Communicate potential hazards, such as approaching vehicles and pot-holes, loudly and clearly to your fellow cyclists. If you or a fellow cyclist experience a mechanical problem or other emergency, ensure that the ride captain is aware so that the group can be stopped or the club vehicle summoned to assist. Cyloam Cycling Club never leaves members alone on the road, in the event of a medical emergency call 084 124 and give clear directions of the scene of the accident. Ensure that motorists are warned if the road is obstructed. Do not move injured cyclists if there is any likelihood of neck or back injury until professional help arrives. Ride smart at all times.
- HELMET -must be worn on all rides.
- GLOVES AND GLASSES -are important and recommended protective gear.
- LIGHTS (both front and rear) -must be utilised whenever riding in the dark. Be visible to oncoming cars. It is recommended that rear “flashers” be used even in daytime to alert other road users to your presence.
- REFLECTORS (belts or anklets) -should be worn when riding in the dark in such a way that they are visible to traffic.
- ROAD WORTHINESS -of bicycles and equipment must be maintained.
- CELL PHONE -should be carried for safety in event of a breakdown, crash or getting lost etc. In an emergency you can phone 084 124 (ER 24).
- I.C.E band -compulsory on all club rides -must be worn on the person, not on the bicycle. It ensures speedy identification, evacuation and treatment in an emergency.
- CLUB KIT -wearing of club kit is compulsory on all official club rides and races.
RIDING ETIQUETTE & CONDUCT
- BE PREDICTABLE -ride in a consistent manner -keep in line. Do not swerve or move unexpectedly.
- INDICATE -learn accepted cycling hand signs and use them.
- CALL OUT HAZARDS -the rider in front is responsible for the one following.
- KEEP AN EVEN PACE -do not brake or slow unexpectedly -be aware that there is a compounding effect in the following pack.
- STAND WITHOUT DROPPING BACK -call before standing off the saddle and take care not to loose speed doing so.
- DO NOT HIT THE BRAKES -look ahead at what is happening on the road and in the bunch and anticipate the moves by the cyclists ahead of you.
- KEEP ADEQUATE DISTANCE to AVOID OVERLAPPING -be defensive to avoid being brought down.
- OBEY THE RULES OF THE ROAD -conduct one”s self with the same consideration as one would expect from any other road user, particularly motorists. Aggressive gestures and behaviour by cyclists will alienate motorists and is likely to lead to endangering other cyclists:
- STOP at ALL RED TRAFFIC LIGHTS, STOP SIGNS and UNCONTROLLED INTERSECTIONS -where one”s route crosses over an intersection & there is a group of riders following, do not cross, even if the traffic light is green, unless you are sure that the whole group will be able to cross safely before the light changes.
- DO NOT HOLD UP FOLLOWING TRAFFIC -wherever this is practical -i.e. Single file on single lane and busy roads where motor vehicles are frequently coming past. It is illegal to ride two abreast, but traffic officers overlook this provided it is done safely. Only ride two abreast where the road is quiet, there is a tarred verge and/or a double lane. No stopping in the road.
- BIKE SKILLS – learn to handle your bike confidently in all situations. Attend bike skills training arranged by the Club or ask someone experienced to assist you. You need to know how to ride through corners, how to “jump” over obstacles, what to do when your handle bars lock, when you bump into a fellow cyclist or when your front wheel connects with the rear wheel of the bike in front, etc.
- AGGRESSIVE OR ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR -towards fellow members, other cyclists or other road users must be avoided. Remember that no cyclist in a bunch will deliberately try and cause an accident, so there is no need to shout at fellow bunch riders. A calm reminder to keep in line, not brake suddenly, etc. is all that is required. There is also no need to be aggressive or abusive towards other cyclists who may not be club members, motorists or other road users. Even where such other persons are in the wrong, aggressive or abusive behaviour by any member reflects badly on the club, its sponsors and cycling in general. Moreover, it could lead to retaliatory conduct endangering the safety of other cyclists.
- CITING DANGEROUS PEOPLE -cycling together in bunches requires strict enforcement of discipline to ensure everybody”s safety. Report to the Club Committee any incidents with motorists or cyclists where their actions endangered cyclists & where they were transgressing any road laws -provide facts and details i.e. dates, registration numbers, motor description, witnesses etc. The Club or CGC will trace the motorist and attempt to positively influence them to take more care -a database will be maintained so that more stringent action could be taken in the future e.g. disciplinary measures against members or legal proceedings against motorists.
ORGANISATION & SUPPORT
- RIDE CAPTAIN -must be appointed or elected for each group ride. They will be responsible to ensure that good order and safety are maintained. This could mean stopping for stragglers or accidents or ensuring someone goes back to assist with a puncture or breakdown. Every Club member must submit to the ride Captains direction & decision during the ride.
GROUPINGS ¬it is preferable that cyclists of equal ability and fitness ride together. No more than 20 to 30 is a . . . manageable bunch for a Club Ride -therefore bunches should be divided when necessary.
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