TBCC Compendium of Safe Cycling Responsibilities, Rules, and Requirements for All Members- Revised November 2016
Providing safe and enjoyable cycling events is a priority of the Board of Directors. But the ultimate responsibility for safety rests with each individual cyclist. A compendium of club rules has been established to assist cyclists in riding safely. Club members are required to abide by our club rules. As well, any member of OCA shall be governed by the OCA Discipline Policy (www.ontariocycling.org). The ultimate responsibility for safety rests with individual members themselves.
NOTE: Our club liability insurance policy stipulates that claims will be denied if members have not adhered to the rules.
Code of Conduct for Safe Cycling for Members in Good Standing
A.1. Members must wear properly fitted ANSI or SNELL approved hardshell helmets while riding in all club cycling events. Eyewear and gloves are strongly encouraged.
A.2 Members are responsible for ensuring that their bicycles are in suitable riding condition, that they are sufficiently fit for the activity and that they are self-sufficient with at least a tire repair kit, adequate water and food and appropriate clothing. Carrying cell phones and ID is encouraged.
B. RIDING IN CLUB EVENTS
B.1 Members should carry proof of membership with them on each ride.
B.2. Members are responsible for learning the relevant rules of the road, including the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, since cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.
B.3 Members must abide by: UCI, CCA or OCA rules of the road; Ontario Highway Traffic Act; laws regarding alcohol and drugs and TBCC Compendium of Safe Cycling Responsibilities, Rules and Requirements for all Members. They should also be familiar with the Ontario Cycling Association’s Cyclists’ Responsibility Code which can be found on our website.
B.4 Members are to learn and comply with the rules and procedures related to each club activity in which they participate. They are to listen to the pre-activity announcement on safety and updates on road hazards at the beginning of each event and follow any instructions provided by any club officials, police or emergency personnel.
B.5 All participating riders must sign the attendance sheet for each event.
B.6 Members are to operate their bike in a safe and predictable manner at all times. Ride smooth and steady, in a straight line, so one’s route is predictable. No sudden, abrupt movements or over reactions to potholes or road debris etc. Learning the basics of how to ride safely in a group is highly recommended as is participation in any skills development programs offered by the club.
B.7 Ride single file; or a maximum of 2 abreast if safe to do so. Note that in some areas by-laws do not permit riding 2 abreast. (This does not apply to criterium racing situations.)
B.8 In most situations riders must not cross the centre (yellow) line in the road. On those occasions when a rider must cross the yellow line be sure to check carefully for traffic in both directions.
B.9 Electronic listening devices are not to be worn (iPods), nor are phones to be used while riding.
B.10 Riders must not participate if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
B.11 Be respectful and courteous to fellow riders, community members, motorists and other users of the road or trails. Remember you are representing our entire club
B.12 Members who do not finish an event must report to the person in charge that they are withdrawing.
B.13 Members are responsible for bringing forward to the ride leader or the club’s Board of Directors , any safety issues related to club events. A member should withdraw from an event if he/she feels it is unsafe.
8.14 Members must report ALL accidents promptly to the ride leader or club executive and submit an accident report. Seek first aid immediately if needed for accidents (eg 911).
B.15 A non-club member, whose present address is greater than 100 kilometres from Thunder Bay, will be considered a guest at any club event (one time only), BUT the cyclist MUST:
a) complete and sign a membership form and waiver and pay the OCA fee to ensure insurance coverage for the club OR
b) show proof of, UCI or OCA equivalent membership in another club and sign the waiver.
Specific to Fat Bike Riding
8.16 Riders should use normal discretion at crossings. Backcountry crossings can be trafficked by snow machines and one must pay attention when crossing.
8.17 Riding in the bush makes it difficult to provide a map of a ride. Members MUST have a bike light for evening rides, and stay with the group during the ride so no one is left behind. (A buddy system can be used.)
8.18 If a rider has a mechanical or bike issue OR has to walk for any reason, the rider should use discretion in NOT walking directly on the most groomed and hard packed area of the trail. Seek to walk on the far right or left of the trail to make the riding experience for those still riding more enjoyable.
8.19 Remember to Think WARMTH! Rides WILL probably be cold so riders should bring extra gloves or liners, balaclavas, face masks, goggles, extra hat, and warmers boots if the temps really drop. They should also layer mindfully (i.e. base layer of wicking material, vest or outer layer that can be removed or put back on after climbing).
In addition to the Compendium of Rules the Thunder Bay Cycling Club provides a list of suggestions to help riders get the most enjoyment from the events in which they participate.
Suggested Safe Riding Tips
Preparation for the Ride:
- Members should review the Cyclist’s Responsibility Code.
- Plan a route and distance that matches your abilities.
- Conduct a pre-ride check of your bike (wheels, tires, spokes, chain, gears, brakes, seat, handle bars).
- Wear, bright clothing to enhance visibility.
- Wear glasses to protect eyes and gloves to protect hands and grip.
- Pack spare tubes, tools, pump.
- Carry cell phone, liquids, nourishment, extra layer of clothes, money, and sunscreen.
- Carry membership card with ID, emergency contact information and any critical medical information.
- Check the forecast.
- Check the club hotline/website/Facebook for last minute changes to the schedule.
During the Ride:
- If the ride breaks into groups on big rides, be realistic when selecting a group. Match your fitness, skill and ability level to the distance and difficulty.
- Ride defensively in a controlled, safe, and predictable manner – avoid sudden, abrupt movements or over reactions. Mitigate your risk. Anticipate dangerous situations.
- If you get a flat, let those around you know. That way people can allow you to come to a controlled and safe stop.
- When following a wheel be slightly offset so that if there is as sudden stop you don’t immediately hit the wheel in front of you. The offset gives you additional space to recover.
- Don’t be that person who surges when when it’s their turn to pull or leaves gaps n the rotation and finally never ever overlap.
- Be aware of where cars are and what they are doing.
- Riders can choose to call …”Car Back or Car Up” to alert fellow riders of on-coming traffic.
- Riders can choose to use hand signals to point to potholes gravel &other hazards to fellow riders.
- Riders can choose to call …”On your left” when passing another rider.
- Passing on downhills can be dangerous and must be done only when safe to do so.
- Members are to stop riding if incapable of safely operating their bike (eg personal health issues and or mechanical issues). Inform and seek assistance from their fellow riders or riding buddy.
- When a member sees someone committing a ride foul, politely say something since we are all responsible for the quality of our rides.
- ALL accidents MUST be reported.
- Members are to report, cooperate and assist with any matter involving safety and or misconduct.
- Riders are to bring back their trash and dispose appropriately.
- If nature calls, find a public washroom or if in distress, disappear into a wooded area and comply with public health/sanitary needs and public decency laws.
- Avoid getting into conflict with motorists i.e. yelling obscenities
- Do not trespass onto private property.
- Be aware of changing conditions such as rain, lightning, snow or warming temperatures which can make a return trip more difficult.
- Best practices for fat bike rides:
- yield to individuals on snowshoes or skis. Leave room for skiers to pass. Be aware of snowmachines.
- Ride on the firmest part of the track.
REMINDER: CAA provides Bike Assist for club members who have a CAA membership. Call 1-800-CAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357). Service will be provided to cyclists where there is permitted vehicle access. The driver will tow the bicycle and transport the cyclist (drivers do not make any repairs to bicycles, including mending a flat tire). Classic Members will be towed up to 5 km, Plus up to 200 km and Premier up to 320 km for one tow. This service is available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.