RULES OF THE ROAD & GROUP RIDING:
Welcome to Canmore Cycling Culture! It is exciting to see so many women getting out on the roads and trails with CCC, especially in the cycling kit. With increasing numbers comes the need to be on our best behavior when out on 2 wheels as well as an opportunity to teach others to ride their bikes in a manner which keeps everyone and everything (our furry friends) safe. We have put together a few important points to consider when you’re out there on two wheels enjoying some solo ride time, with your gaggle of gals, or in an organized group ride.
Put a smile on your dial! Pass someone on the road, wave a couple of digits, give a nod of your head and a smile. They are probably admiring your cool CCC kit and enjoying the wind in the hair, just like you.
Ensure CCC has a great name / Don’t give cyclists a bad name: Social media is part of our lives and we want to ensure we are a positive part of it. How can you do that?
- Red means stop: Blowing through stop signs and lights could lead to a feature article in the Outlook. You are a road user and need to be conscious of everyone else on it.
- Pavement generally means pedestrian friendly so stick to the road where possible.
- Ride assertively. You have a right to be on the road. However, bikes come off second best when it comes to an altercation, so be on your game at all times.
- Acknowledge courteous behaviour by motorists with a wave – we need all the friends we can get!
- Use hand signals when turning. If you find it challenging to take your hands off the bars start practicing.
Look after newbies: We pride ourselves on being an inclusive club and making anyone who shows up to a group ride feel welcome. What can you do to help?
A high five, hand shake and a hello is a perfect way for a newbie to feel a part of the group.
Share your experience. It doesn’t mater whether you have 1 year, or 10 years experience, the more you assist the easier the transition for them!
Other Tips and Tricks to ensure you safety and the safety of others on the road:
- Brake as lightly as possible to avoid a ripple effect through the group
- Avoid sudden, jerky movements
- Do not overlap wheels in a paceline – has been known to cause road rash and broken bones!
- Do not even think about using aero bars – they are for fast solo riding only.
- Stand to climb at the top of a pedal stroke to keep your bike from slowing suddenly and crashing the riders behind. Saying “standing” doesn’t hurt.
- Warn the riders behind of obstacles such as glass, gravel, debris, potholes, parked cars, pedestrians, and oil slicks with hand signals or verbally. Be aware that at high speeds the lead rider may not always be able to point out obstacles in time for you to avoid them.
- Give other riders or pedestrians advanced warning when you are overtaking them. Call out “on your left” or “on your right”. Ride at moderate speed on trails when other trail users are present.
- Warn other riders of vehicle traffic. “Car up”, “car back”, “car left” and “car right” are the usual warnings.
- Even you are going to do the farmers hankie or spit, please ensure there is no one near you! Ensure that no riders are in the firing line when you spit
- Leave your music at home while riding in the group, as it may prevent you from hearing warnings from other riders or traffic or be a distraction.
Canmore Cycling Culture is a respected community sporting group in the Bow Valley and we want to ensure all our riders show respect for their fellow rider and other users of the road.
RULES OF THE TRAIL
IMBA developed these “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.
- Ride Open Trails:Respect trail and road closures. Ask the appropriate land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.
- Leave No Trace:Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you and the environment around you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Don’t ride around standing water which results in widening the trail. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in. Consider improving the trail experience for those that follow by picking up and removing any litter.
- Control Your Bicycle:Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits. Social conflicts on trails often result when riders are going too fast.
- Yield Appropriately:Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Mountain bikers should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to all users headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe, controlled and courteous one.
- Never Scare Animals:Animals such as horses are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, dismount from your bike, walk around them on the downhill side of the trail, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
- Plan Ahead:Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.