Note: Most of the Italicized terms are in defined Glossary of Cycling provided by Wikipedia.
Can you provide an overview of the Ride Guidelines?
Our Answer: 4-5-8 (links to all references in this answer are in our Ride Guidelines)
Most important, please don’t feel like you have to memorize information on our web site or conduct a detailed study before you join us for a ride. The most experienced and accomplished riders in our club make occasional mistakes AND are still looking to make improvements in their riding capability, technique, and safety. With this overview comment, we would encourage you to think about 4-5-8:
FOUR: Use our four ride classification system and the Ride Organizer’s description to determine if a ride is right for you. If you are an Intermediate or beginning rider, please do not overestimate your capabilities.
Easy (●) rides are not just for beginning cyclists. You will find some of our strongest riders will join rides with Green Circle designations to enjoy a casual pedal, experience different scenery, or focus a bit more on socializing.
FIVE: FCCC’s Safety Policies are based on best practices endorsed by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Our first priority is adherence to their Five Rules of the Road and the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Colorado Bicycling Manual.
EIGHT: There are eight specific responsibilities for all FCCC Ride Participants. They are summarized as follows:
- Acknowledge your responsibilities
- Evaluate the ride
- Be on Time
- Know the Route
- Emergency Contact
- Communicate and Support
- Be Open to Learning and Thoughtful About Addressing Safety Concerns
What are FCCC's major objectives in its approach to providing Rides for its members and revising its Ride Guidelines? Eight Goals
How can I find out about Show and Go rides? Our Answer: Show and Go Calendar and Facebook
Increase Ride Opportunities:
- Except for Green Circle and other designated led rides that have Ride Leaders, we are shifting responsibility to ride participants. This will makes it less intimidating to be a Ride Organizer or Ride Starter and will result in more members stepping forward to provide Show and Go rides, Weekend Specials, or FCCC Special Events.
- This change also better reflects the reality of our current practices as we have clearly gotten away from providing no-drop group riding. We also won't have to bother with sign-in sheets for our Tuesday evening rides (participants are responsible for having emergency contact information with them).
- Our new system for categorizing rides, based on ski area designations from Easy (●) to Very Challenging (♦ ♦), along with the use of a a standardized form for offering rides, should increase the ability of members to assess whether a ride is appropriate for there interests and capabilities.
- Provide the same information for Show and Go and other rides to our members, regardless of whether they subscribe to Facebook.
- Providing opportunities for our members to engage in teaching, improve how we communicate safety concerns for our rides,
- Expand Services: We want to increase benefits and services for all members. This means increasing the ride opportunities for members who are new to cycling and members who are not interested long-distance rides or serious climbing. Our new focus on Major Events provides opportunities for serious recreational rides to travel together and enjoy the amazing variety of rides offered in Colorado.
- Expert and Authoritative Resources: We will provide safety and other essential information that is primarily from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) to assure we provide expert advice and that our active links assure we provide state-of-the-art information.
- Insurance Coverage: We will manage our rides and events to assure that both FCCC and its members have full coverage under the liability insurance coverage FCCC purchases from the LAB.
- Increase Organizational Stability: We want to offer ride opportunities that are sustainable over many years and require resources and time that are consistent with volunteer leadership.
- Constant Improvement: We will constantly look for opportunities for improvement. We will strive to be open to suggestions for change and responsive to concerns expressed by our members.
Mission, Vision, and Values: We will look for opportunities to act on our Mission, Vision, and Values, including providing an educational experience that facilitates the optimal health of our members, creates friendships and mutual respect, improves environmental quality, and promotes the interest of cyclists and enhances our image in the Fort Collins/Norther Colorado community.
You can subscribe to our Show and Go Calendar to receive email announcements for Show and Go rides. FCCC's Show and Go rides are also posted on our Facebook page.