3RVS Group Riding Guidelines - Unabridged
Three Rivers Velo Sport Group Riding Guidelines
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Welcome to 3RVS group riding. Our objective is to conduct a safe and enjoyable ride for everyone.
This is a more detailed listing of the abbreviated guidelines printed on the back of our touring maps.
RULES: Any Member of 3RVS may ask a rider to follow these rules.
a) Riders must wear an approved cycling helmet.
b) Do not wear earbuds or other auditory devices. Any communication device intended for placement near or in the ear is prohibited during group rides.
c) Aerobars, handlebar extensions and other types of designed bars without brake levers may only be used when rider is at the front, at the back, or not drafting. Note: Some 3RVS rides may be designated as aerobar friendly. Such rides are for training purposes by experienced riders.
d) The term "incident" includes, but is not limited to: an injury, illness, accident and/or close call, due to a motorist, another rider, animal or obstruction in road, road condition, or weather condition that may cause difficulty to any rider, member or non-member, during one of our official events. Report any incident to your ride leader or the club touring director at email@example.com.
e) In the event of bad weather, a dangerous situation, or emergency, the ride leader may at his/her discretion terminate an event before or during the event. In which case all participants should follow the instructions of the ride leader based on the current situation. At any time an individual rider may make their own personal decision if they feel continuing to participate poses greater risk than they are individually willing to accept and should inform the ride leader if leaving the group.
f) The ride leader may, at his/her discretion remove any club member or non-member from the group for reasons such as refusing to wear an approved cycling helmet, riding in a dangerous manner, using threatening or foul language, aggressive behavior, not complying with the 3RVS Group Riding Guidelines, or any other action that is detrimental to the group, the club, or the general public that occurs during one of our official events.
GUIDELINES: Safety First! Any Officer or Ride Leader (sometimes informally appointed) may ask a rider joining a Club ride to follow these.
a) Ride in a straight line.
b) Be predictable.
c) Communicate with verbal and/or hand signals.
d) Point out hazards, don't swerve.
e) Brake lightly.
f) Use caution overlapping wheels.
g) Only announce "Clear" if it is clear in both directions.
h) Have a well maintained, safe bike.
i) The Ride Leader has the authority to maintain general control and ensure the safety of the group.
LAW: As enforced by Law Officers.
a) Use correct hand signals:
i. Left turn, left arm extended.
ii. Right turn, right arm extended.
iii. Stopping, arm down with palm indicating Stop.
b) Ride no more than two abreast.
c) Do not cross the centerline of the road.
d) Obey traffic signs, lights and road markings.
e) Ride on the right with traffic.
f) May proceed through a red light after two minutes. The Dead Red Law, effective 7/1/2015 - The Indiana General Assembly passed the law 84-10, making Indiana the 15th state in the U.S. to have a law like this on the books. The so-called "dead red" law will allow motorcyclists, moped riders and bicyclists to drive through a red light that they've failed to trigger it to turn green, as long as they've stopped for two minutes and then proceed cautiously.
ETIQUETTE: How We Roll – suggestions to keep things safe and fun.
a) Arrive 10 minutes early; be ready to leave on time. Get yourself and your bike ready before you meet and greet. Five minutes before ride time attend the pre-tour briefing, be aware who the ride leader(s) is/are and what the different pace groups will be. During the ride follow any instructions from the ride leader. Ride leaders are experienced in group riding safety and addressing incidents that may occur. If you did not print a route map from the 3rvs.com website, get one from the ride leader (weekends). Talk with other riders in your pace group and decide upon a distance option that is agreeable for your group. Be aware of any announcements regarding the ride such as route hazards or changes due to weather or construction.
b) Select a group whose pace you can keep up with for the entire distance. Multi-pace group rides will start with the faster groups departing in front. If you realize you cannot keep pace with your group you will be able to fall back to the next group and inform your current group that you are leaving.
c) Be nice when delivering advice and suggestions.
d) Be humble when given advice and suggestions.
e) Be courteous to motorists.
f) Avoid threatening or foul language and aggressive behavior.
g) Our Club uses an elbow flick when coming off the front.
i. If you are pulling off to the right of the paceline then wiggle your left elbow letting following riders know that you want them to come up on your left side. Pulling off to the left side wiggle your right elbow.
ii. If in a double paceline our club has riders on the left side of the paceline pull off to the left and those on the right side of the paceline pull off to the right.
iii. If there is a crosswind and the group is echeloned you should pull off into the wind so you do not take out the wheel of the rider following you.
iv. Our club does not use the butt slap as taking a hand off the handlebars when moving about in the paceline is dangerous.
h) Do not ride too close to the edge of the road.
i) Strong riders should be on the windy side.
j) Announce if you are dropping from the back of the group.
k) Call out "Car Back" or "Car Up" when appropriate.
l) Passing on left is preferred. Due to situations with group dynamics, wind and road conditions, passing on the right may be appropriate. Clearly call out "Passing on Right" if it is necessary.
m) Have tools and knowledge to change a flat.
n) Join 3RVS and support the club.
o) Do not attack your group after going through a traffic light, stop, or yield sign until all riders who were with your group prior to the traffic stop/slow down are able to get back with the group. This is important because it keeps riders stuck behind from taking dangerous chances crossing an intersection trying to keep up.
a) Protect the rider from auto traffic.
i. Send a couple of riders up the road 100 meters in both directions to alert autos.
ii. Get the rest of the group off the road.
b) Call 911 for help (with good directions).
i. It is important to communicate what County you are in as many roads have common names.
c) Offer assistance (do not move rider).
d) Preserve evidence (take photos, insurance report).
e) Be Safe!
Contact Club Officers after a ride for questions or further clarification.
By participating you acknowledge the inherent risk of bicycling.
Approved by 3RVS Officers 3/10/2016