Cresta Wheelers Cycling Club

Cresta Wheelers Cycling Club

Code of Conduct

Cresta Wheelers strives to promote a safe and enjoyable cycling environment for all its members in the company of other cyclists. It endeavours to lead by example and relies on each of its members to take responsibility to achieve this. By being a Cresta Wheelers member, you are expected to adhere to this code of conduct. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action, including expulsion from the club. Safety is paramount to the enjoyment of cycling. Awareness and consideration are fundamental to ensuring a cycling environment that is safe and fun. It is the responsibility of each individual to practice safety in respect of their own actions, as well as in their conduct towards other cyclists, motorists and road users.


PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
  HELMET- must be worn on all rides, this is now legislated and compulsory by law.
  GLOVES AND GLASSES - are important and recommended protective gear.
  ROAD WORTHINESS - of bicycles and equipment must be maintained.
  LIGHTS(both front and rear) - must be utilised whenever riding in the dark. Be visible to oncoming and following cars. It is recommended that rear "flashers" be used even in daytime to alert other road users to your presence.
  REFLECTORS(belts or anklets) - should be worn when riding in the dark in such a way that they are visible to traffic.
  CELL PHONE - should be carried for safety in event of a breakdown, crash or getting lost etc. You should make sure that you have the contact number for the ride manager and your ride captain. In an emergency you can phone 084 124 (ER 24). NOT TO BE USED TO HOLD UP THE RIDE FOR YOUR SOCIAL SMS’s ETC…
  IDENTIFICATION (e.g. ER 24 band/ICE ID) - compulsory on all club rides - must be worn on the person, not on the bicycle. Must at least include your name, an emergency contact number and any major medication, conditions, or allergies. It is also recommended that you include additional information such as medical aid name and number and an alternate emergency contact in case the first can’t be reached. This ensures speedy identification, evacuation and treatment in an emergency.
  INTRODUCTION - if you’re new to the club or have not been on many club rides, please identify yourself to the ride manager and your ride captain when you first attend a club ride.
  CLUB KIT - please wear your club kit to all club rides and races. This helps advertise the Cresta brand and helps us identify you as a member and make sure you don’t get lost or left behind. Only rides and races that you do in club kit will count towards your mileage log for the mileage awards.

RIDING ETIQUETTE & CONDUCT
  BE PREDICTABLE - ride in a consistent manner - keep in line. Do not swerve, move, speed-up or slow-down unexpectedly. Take special care when standing up out of the saddle to keep peddling in order not to slow down unexpectedly and the same applies when taking a drink or taking anything from your pockets.
  INDICATE - learn accepted cycling hand signals and use them.
Signs most often used are the following (Illustrations are as viewed from behind):
• • Turns coming up in the road ahead – Point the hand in the appropriate direction and be careful not to interfere with other cyclists while doing so. These signals are also used to indicate to other road users when changing direction.
• Slowing Down – Wave one hand up and down slowly.
• Debris or road surface irregularities ahead – Point the hand down on the side where the debris or road surface irregularities are.
• Obstacles Ahead – Slap buttocks and point behind your back the direction in which the group must move to avoid the obstacle. This normally applies when overtaking pedestrians, slower cyclist or stationary vehicles. If the obstacle is on the left, slap your buttocks with the left hand and behind your back point your left hand towards the right and vice-versa when the obstacle is on the right.
• Stopping – Show the open palm of your hand towards the cyclists behind you.
  DO NOT HIT THE BRAKES - look ahead at what is happening on the road and in the bunch and anticipate the moves by the cyclists ahead of you.
  KEEP ADEQUATE DISTANCE to AVOID OVERLAPPING- be defensive to avoid being brought down.
  OBEY THE RULES OF THE ROAD - conduct one's self with the same consideration as one would expect from any other road user, particularly motorists. Aggressive gestures and behaviour by cyclists, will alienate motorists and is likely to lead to endangering other cyclists
  STOP at ALL RED TRAFFIC LIGHTS, STOP SIGNS and UNCONTROLLED INTERSECTIONS- where one's route crosses over an intersection & there is a group of riders following do not cross, even if the traffic light is green, unless you are sure that the whole group will be able to cross safely before the light changes.
  DO NOT HOLD UP FOLLOWING TRAFFIC where ever this is practical - i.e. Single file on single lane and busy roads where motor vehicles are frequently coming past. It is illegal to ride two abreast, but traffic officers overlook this provided it is done safely. Only ride two abreast where the road is quiet, there is a tarred verge and/or a double lane. No stopping in the road.
  BIKE SKILLS - learn to handle your bike confidently in all situations. Attend bike skills training arranged by the Club or ask someone experienced to assist you. You need to know how to ride through corners, how to "jump" over obstacles, what to do when your handle bars lock, when you bump into a fellow cyclist or when your front wheel connects with the rear wheel of the bike in front, etc.
  AGGRESSIVE OR ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR - towards fellow members, other cyclists or other road users must be avoided. Remember that no cyclist in a bunch will deliberately try and cause an accident, so there is no need to shout at fellow bunch riders. A calm reminder to keep in line, not brake suddenly, etc. is all that is required. There is also no need to be aggressive or abusive towards other cyclists who may not be club members, or to motorists or other road users. Even where such other persons are in the wrong, aggressive or abusive behaviour by any member reflects badly on the club, its sponsors and cycling in general. Moreover, it could lead to retaliatory conduct endangering the safety of other cyclists:-
  STOP at ALL RED TRAFFIC LIGHTS, STOP SIGNS and UNCONTROLLED INTERSECTIONS - where one's route crosses over an intersection & there is a group of riders following do not cross, even if the traffic light is green, unless you are sure that the whole group will be able to cross safely before the light changes.
  DO NOT HOLD UP FOLLOWING TRAFFIC -where ever this is practical - i.e. Single file on single lane and busy roads where motor vehicles are frequently coming past. It is illegal to ride two abreast, but traffic officers overlook this provided it is done safely. Only ride two abreast where the road is quiet, there is a tarred verge and/or a double lane. No stopping in the road.
  BIKE SKILLS - learn to handle your bike confidently in all situations. Attend bike skills training arranged by the Club or ask someone experienced to assist you. You need to know how to ride through corners, how to "jump" over obstacles, what to do when your handle bars lock, when you bump into a fellow cyclist or when your front wheel connects with the rear wheel of the bike in front, etc.
  AGGRESSIVE OR ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR - towards fellow members, other cyclists or other road users must be avoided. Remember that no cyclist in a bunch will deliberately try and cause an accident, so there is no need to shout at fellow bunch riders. A calm reminder to keep in line, not brake suddenly, etc. is all that is required. There is also no need to be aggressive or abusive towards other cyclists who may not be club members, or to motorists or other road users. Even where such other persons are in the wrong, aggressive or abusive behaviour by any member reflects badly on the club, its sponsors and cycling in
  CITING DANGEROUS PEOPLE - - cycling together in bunches requires strict enforcement of discipline to ensure everybody's safety. Report to the Club Committee any incidents with motorists or cyclists where their actions endangered cyclists & where they were transgressing any road laws - provide facts and details i.e. date, registration numbers, motor description, witnesses etc. The Club or GPPA will trace the motorist and attempt to positively influence them to take more care - a database will be maintained so that more stringent action could be taken in the future e.g. disciplinary measures against members or legal proceedings against motorists.
  CELL PHONE USAGE - for official cycling and emergency use only. Private calls/sms and holding groups up is definitely unacceptable.

ORGANISATION & SUPPORT
  RIDE CAPTAIN - must be appointed or elected for each group ride. They will be responsible to ensure that good order and safety are maintained. This could mean stopping for stragglers or accidents or ensuring someone goes back to assist with a puncture or breakdown. Every Club member must submit to their direction & decision during the ride.
  GROUPINGS - it is preferable that cyclists of equal ability and fitness ride together. No more than 10 to 15 is a manageable bunch for a Club Ride - therefore bunches should be divided when necessary and the CGC grading applied. It is important to choose a group where one is comfortable and within one's capability. It is unfair to expect a group to wait for a rider when it was that rider who chose too strong a group. Also, if a rider rides with a weaker group (e.g. because he wants an easier ride), he must not set the pace of that group, but leave it to the regular riders of that group to determine the pace. If the strength of a bunch varies significantly, the ride captain must split the bunch and nominate a second ride captain for the other bunch. Under no circumstances are lady cyclists to be left behind on their own.
  'A', & 'B' and 'C', GROUPS - - are generally the 'racing' group and on Sunday Club rides will not expected to hold back for anyone who cannot keep up.
  'D' and 'E' GROUPS - are geared towards our social riders & beginners. These groups should stay together and collect stragglers by stopping or slowing from time to time. Recommend that 'D' and 'E' groups have a second ride captain (Sweeper) who will ride at the back to ensure no one lags behind or is 'mugged' on route.
  USE THE "BUDDY" SYSTEM - - every rider should, at the start of a ride, ask another rider to be his "buddy" for that ride. Each rider should then ensure that his buddy is not left behind at any stage.
  BAILING OUT ALONG THE ROUTE - If you will be leaving the group along the route please inform the ride captain to avoid unnecessary searches.

CLUB SPIRIT
Promote club spirit by riding together and in club kit whenever possible. Greet fellow members, and other cyclists, when you pass them, in a polite and friendly manner. Acknowledge patient and considerate conduct by motorists or other road users with a friendly "thank you" wave of the hand. Attend the club socials and other functions where practicable.
Particular care should be taken to make any visitors feel welcome. At the start of the ride the ride captain should welcome them and ensure that they will be looked after. Note that after two or three rides with the club, visitors are required to decide whether or not they wish to join the club.
Club members are at all times expected to treat other club members, other cyclists, motorists and other road users with the utmost respect. Any conduct that is unlawful, that may bring the club or its sponsors into disrepute or could be an embarrassment, is prohibited.