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Ride Safety


 Questions about anticipated speed are attempted to be answered (here). 

 Most bicycling-specific terms are defined in Wikipedia Glossary of Cycling.


FCCC's Safety Policies

Our Safety Policies are based on the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) Five Rules of the Road and the Colorado Department of Transportation's Colorado Bicycling Manual. Colorado bike laws are... linked: http://colobikelaw.com/law.php

 Also, Bike Munk has an article on bicycle riding safety. 

 Additionally, Saint Vrain Chain Gang cycling club of Longmont has a safety document

Additional Safety Information Resources

FCCC -- Hand & Vocal Signals for Group Riding
Colorado/Local Laws and Regulations Information
Bicycle Colorado -- Rules
Q & A - Know Your Rights
City of Fort Collins -- Rules of the Road

City of Fort Collins -- Trail Rules and Guidelines

Poudre River Trail Corridor -- Trail Rules

 Report aggressive driving -- Building a Bicycle Friendly Colorado.  Dial *CSP (*277)

Membership and Waiver Requirements
The following apply to all FCCC-sponsored rides.
  • Members must have a completed waiver on-file with FCCC.
  • Non-members must identify themselves at a FCCC-sponsored ride; and, complete a waiver prior to the ride.  
  • Non-members are allowed only one ride-per-year.
  • This is for our insurance coverage.

 Rider Responsibilities 

  1. ACKNOWLEDGE responsibly for your own health and safety.  Please, conform to the terms and conditions in the waiver.  If conditions are not safe enough; discontinue your participation in the ride or activity.  No Ride Organizer, Starter, or Leader is responsible for your safety, or well-being.

  2. EVALUATE how difficult the ride is; make an appropriate choice. 

  3. ON-TIME arrival for pre-ride briefing: This may be the time-of-departure.

  4. PREPARE by conducting your pre-ride bike inspection.  Wear: (approved) bike helmet; protective eye-wear; and, appropriate (high-visibility) clothing.  Carry: (adequate) beverage; medical emergency kit; and, some means to make common repairs, (like, a 'tube puncture).  Bike lights and reflectors are recommended.  Here is a check list of items you may need, particularly for long-distance rides. 

  5. ROUTE navigation.  If you have a GPS-enabled bike computer (or phone); you may be able to download the ride route. You may print a cue sheet or map; if it is enabled... Also, if there are sub-groups; try to confirm that someone is able to guide yourself, at least to a (regroup) point.  
  6. EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION (ICE) on your person: Road ID, bracelet, necklace, or shoe-tag; or, in your cell phone.

  7. COMMUNICATE, and SUPPORT Ride Participant(s).  If you are departing-from a ride; communicate that intention to a Ride Leader or Sweeper: word or text-message The goal is not to be the first one to 'breakaway'; but, to try and be assured that everyone-on-the-ride is alright.  (It would be kind of you; if you were to help a participant-in-need.)  And, if you use headphones or earbuds; do not let it impede your ability to hear, too much! 
  8. SAFETY CONCERNS may be addressed, immediately; if required to be safe: Non-urgent safety concerns are often better-communicated while not riding. 

    Ride Starter's Responsibilities

     Ride Starter is not responsible for the safety of Ride Participant.  However, one is responsible for the following: 

    1. Ask each whether one is a member: Non-members are allowed one trial ride per year: but, must have signed the waiver form
    2. The Minor Waiver form must be completed for any rider under eighteen-years-old.
    3. Present a pre-ride briefing: review of the route, and any regroup points; pace group(s); and, if there is any Ride Leader(s) to maintain the pace. 
    4. Count riders at the pre-ride briefing; so, a group-count may be done, later-on, to be able to account for them.
    5. Take suggestions for improving safety: Ask Ride Participants for comments about the ride experience and safety concerns
    6. Forward any completed waiver forms to the Recreation Ride Committee. 

     One need not make Ride Participants be prepared for the ride: everyone has appropriate refreshments, clothing, and so on; nor are you required to have a sign-in sheet, or collect emergency contact information. 

    Ride Leader's Responsibilities for Ease-paced Rides

      Ease-paced or other specifically designated no drop rides have Ride Leaders. 

    As noted in Point One of Ride Participant Responsibilities, Ride Leaders are not responsible for the safety of individual Ride Participants.  

    All Ride Starter responsibilities apply to Ride Leaders.  In addition, the Ride Leader(s) should keep the group/sub-groups, together; and, ensure there is a Sweeper.   Explain how SAG (Support and Gear) vehicle is to work; if available.

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