You should expect your Ride Leader to cover these Bolded points, at minimum, plus any other safety information they feel is important, but we're also asking each Club rider to be aware of, and follow, these rules while on rides.
I know it can be difficult to "call someone out" if they're being unsafe but we have to police ourselves on every ride and if someone is creating dangerous conditions, they need to know. It can be done politely and with courtesy, but clear communication between riders is essential. I've been called out a couple of times and when that's happened I've appreciated knowing, even if it was sometimes difficult to hear.
As Safety Chair, I will offer three other comments that are my viewpoints:
First, I NEVER expect a rider to pass me on the right even if they call it out. Passing on the right should be avoided. In the rare event that passing on the right is necessary, it should be clearly called out. I want the road to my right to be clear at all times in case I need to move quickly (and away from where vehicles are) to avoid dangerous road conditions or other issues.
Second, I think passing someone going downhill, or bunching up going downhill, is equally hazardous. We're all going fast and an accident for one will almost inevitably turn into a multi-person accident. Generally, passing another rider going downhill should be avoided. If a rider passes another, they should give the rider being passed a very wide space.
Third, please get / wear a ROAD ID. Riders are encouraged to get a ROAD ID. The Club gets a discount and these are incredibly helpful if you have an accident or medical issues that occur during a ride.
Ride Leaders are also now authorized to specify any other safety practices (lights, mirrors, staying with the group etc.) that they feel are important. This should be done in the ride description clearly and fully. If a rider refuses, the Ride Leader may exclude that person from the day's ride.
CLUB GUIDELINES FOR STEPS TO TAKE IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT
Hopefully, if we all follow the Club Safety Guidelines there won't be any accidents. Nonetheless, accidents happen even to the safest riders for a variety of reasons. Here are steps we are recommending in the event of an accident.
WHAT TO DO IN AN ACCIDENT
WCC Covid-19 Policy (June 27,2023)
The Board would like to thank those people for following the correct procedure and reporting their situations. Remember that we still need to remain vigilant and follow the following updated recommendations:
WCC mainly follows the recommendations of the Center For Disease Control (CDC) and the NYS Department of Health. WCC Covid Rules may be altered due to changing circumstances and recommendations.