Ride Leaders

Below are some guidelines we’ve put together for leading a ride. Philadelphia Bike Club has a very informative source for Ride Leaders online, unfortunately it is in a Microsoft Word format. 

BASIC GUIDELINES

  • Know your route: It is often helpful to ride the chosen route on the day prior to the team ride.
  • Know the rules: Be familair with the bicycle laws and local ordinances of the state and municipalty through which you will be riding. Remember that under most circumstances bicycles are considered vehicles on the road and, as such, are subject to the same rules (ex., stopping at all trafic lights and Stop Signs).
  • Know how many riders you will be leading.
  • Bring enough copies of the cue sheet for all riders.
  • Make sure any new riders are familiar with the rules for riding in a group. For example “call outs”.
  • Introduction: Prior to starting the ride, give everyone a chance to introduce themselves. Introduce yourself. Announce the ride plan and give everyone a chance to ask questions.
  • Communication during a ride: It is recommended to have at least one assistant rider with a cell phone (ideally all riders should be carrying cell phones and you should have their contact information in the event someone gets lost). Where a Bluetooth headset if this is the case. Do not attempt to ride and talk on the phone without a hands-free device.
  • Gear: Bring two spare inner tubes, tire wedges, a manual tire pump and a CO2 canister with you, if possible.
  • Bring extra food (snacks) and if possible have an extra water bottle available.

EMERGENCIES

Regarding accidents and other emergencies, once again Philadelphia Bike Club provides some excellent guidelines…

What To Do In Case of a Serious Accident on a Group Ride
Although we all try to ride safely, accidents will happen. If you are the ride leader, please follow this coordinated emergency response, which should cover all the essentials. Ideally there will be 4 people, each prepared to take on one of the following roles so they can be done simultaneously. Otherwise, some may have to be done in sequence. You should take control and assign tasks. 

  1. Crowd Control. Get other riders and bicycles out of the road and away from the victim.
  2. Protect victim from traffic. if victim is on the road. If possible to do so without risking your own safety, position yourself between the victim and oncoming traffic. Direct traffic around the victim. You can use your bike as a barrier to make yourself more visible.
  3. Call 911. The most important information is location. Try to provide name of town as well as cross streets. If possible, give information about what happened and condition of the victim(s).
  4. Attend to the victim. If there is anyone who knows CPR or has more advanced training, they should take this role. If you don’t have any training, just keep the victim from further harm:
    • Don’t move or allow the victim to move head or trunk unless absolutely necessary (moving can contribute to paralysis if there is spinal injury).
    • Don’t remove their helmet.
    • Don’t give food or water.
    • If they are conscious, talk to them. Just make sure they don’t nod or shake their head in response (don’t want them moving head or neck).
    • Let them know help is on the way.

Ride Leaders

  1. See story below. There is a very good reason why we should practice safe riding habits and encourage others to do so.

    MEDFORD — A teenager who was riding a bicycle was not seriously injured Wednesday after he was struck by a 62-year-old township man.

    Police said the 14-year-old was riding eastbound on the westbound shoulder of Tuckerton Road around 4:45 p.m. with a friend on a skateboard. They were travelling against the flow of traffic near Oakwood Drive.

    The driver was stopped and trying to make a turn onto Tuckerton Road, did not see the pair once he made his turn and collided with the boy on the bike. He sustained scrapes on his leg. The skateboarder was uninjured.

    The Medford Township Police Traffic Safety Bureau is conducting an investigation. No word yet if charges will be filed

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