1. BEFORE THE RIDE
A. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled
departure time to prepare yourself and your bike, to take care of paperwork and
to meet new riders.
B. Introduce yourself to the group as ride
leader. Let the riders know you appreciate their participation.
Have the group introduce themselves, paying particular attention to new riders.
C. Make sure that all non-BRBC members have
signed the waiver sheet. Count the total number of riders, members and
non-members, you have in your group. You can put this number at the top
of the waiver sheet.
D. Make sure that all riders wear helmets
and have adequate water for the ride.
E. Announce the route. If you have
more than one route, make sure everyone knows which one they will be
taking. Have extra cue sheets for new riders and in case someone has forgotten
to bring their own.
F. Discuss any potential hazards on the
G. Announce regroup locations if you know them
beforehand. You should regroup at least once unless everyone stays together or
there is an agreement that there will be no regrouping. You may also
indicate additional regrouping stops during the ride if necessary.
H. Remind riders to inform the ride leader or
another rider if they leave the route for any reason.
I. Remind riders that bicycles are vehicles and
should obey traffic laws.
J. Make sure new riders who are not members get
copies of the BRBC brochure.
2. DURING THE RIDE
A. Set the example regarding safety. It’s
unreasonable to expect others to ride safely if you aren’t doing so yourself.
B. If you observe unsafe actions, tactfully
suggest to those committing those acts that they are endangering themselves and
C. Be careful to set a pace that is comfortable
for the group you are leading.
D. If stronger riders decide to go faster, do not
speed up to try to accommodate them. If they go ahead of the ride leader,
they are on their own.
E. Never leave a rider stranded. The ride leader
should carry a basic tool kit, tubes, pump, patch kit, etc., and be prepared to
assist riders with mechanical problems if necessary. If you aren’t especially
adept at mechanical repairs, recruit someone else on the ride to lend
F. Be cognizant of new riders during the entire
ride. If they have overestimated their abilities and are not keeping up, either
go back and ride with them or secure a volunteer to do so. Dropping a new rider
is very poor cycling etiquette. Also, it could lead to a dangerous situation if
the rider should crash, get a flat or get lost.
A. Don’t block the roadway when motor vehicles
are present and wanting to pass. Those at the front cannot always see the
traffic behind the group. Prior to the ride ask those at or near the back to
call out “car back” when a car approaches. The group should go single-file on
two-lane roads when being passed by a car.
B. Observe traffic control signs. Running a red
light should not be tolerated and you should stop at stop signs when traffic is
present on the cross street. This is more than common courtesy, it’s the law
and it could save your life.
C. Don’t pull in front of motorists at stop signs
or lights. This only aggravates the motorists and forces them to have to pass
you down the road.
D. Use proper traffic lanes. Never ride left of
center. Merge to the left-most lane before making a left turn. Make sure to
check behind you for clearance before merging to the left.
E. Use proper hand signals before turning.
F. When stopped make sure all riders are off the
There are certainly other items that could be
added to the above. Mostly leading a ride just requires some good old “common
sense”, a little courtesy and a desire to aid others in enjoying the sport of
cycling in a safe manner.