Ride Leader Guidelines

Feel good about having led a ride! Our club exists to support people riding bikes together. Thanks for stepping up!

As a courtesy to riders who want to join you, please adhere to the following:

  1. Advance Notice -- Try to post rides at least 48 hours in advance.
  2. Descriptions and Directions Sometimes non-club members from out of town join our rides, so post rides as if you're writing to them. Provide clear directions to the starting location. Give a good description of the ride, including the length of the ride in both time and distance. For long rides (over 2.5 hours), note whether food or water is available en route. Be helpful and descriptive in your posting.
  3. Start Time -- Pick a specific start time and stick to it. You should arrive at the start at least 10 minutes before the posted start time ready to ride.
  4. Cancellation -- Indicate what weather conditions or circumstances cancel the ride. If you can't show up to a ride that you've posted, please try to get an alternate ride leader. Be warned that if you post a second ride notice to indicate the cancellation of an earlier posting, people who check e-mail infrequently may not see the cancellation in time.
  5. Waivers -- All club members, including ride leaders, are covered under the club's liability insurance, and all members have signed the necessary waiver. However, non-club members have not. The board has decided that to protect yourself and the club, you should make sure that everyone who shows up signs a ride waiver. Aside from covering you for liability, the waiver identifies the set of people who are part of the club ride. There is one waiver form for adults and one for children. Plan to bring 2 of each to your ride.
    Basic Waiver
    Child Waiver
  6. Preparations -- Be more prepared than on a typical ride so that youre ready to help someone with a problem. Bring spare tubes, a patch kit, tools, a pump, more water than you think you'll need, etc.
  7. Briefing -- Introduce yourself to everyone who shows up for the ride; review the route and make note of turns, hazards, and regroup points; and check that all participants know what sort of ride you are doing.