Statement of Purpose:
Bicycle SA is committed to promoting cycling by facilitating safe and enjoyable rides for the membership and the general community. Riders would expect to be led and supported by competent and experienced Rides Leaders.
Bicycle SA can demonstrate that it has taken all practical steps to meet its Statute law obligations and limit its liability in establishing the correct culture and practices to prevent and/or minimise risk and the potential for loss.
Bicycle SA shall expect Rides Leaders to:
1. have current membership to Bicycle SA and also to be competent and experienced cyclists
2. comply with this Rides Policy
3. be familiar with 'Cycling and the Law', Australian Road Rules and 'The Driver's Handbook'
4. be familiar with Bicycle SA Policies including Hot Weather Policy, SunSmart Policy, Emergency/Incident Policy, and any other relevant policies.
5. plan safe routes, taking into consideration potential hazards
6. lead the rides according to advertised pace, code defining degree of difficulty, group's ability, and giving timely reminders/warnings to the group about prevailing weather and/or potential road hazards
7. lead the rides and not be responsible for anyone who passes the leader. The leader cannot be held responsible for the actions of individuals who pass the leader or leave the group, or the consequences of those actions
8. nominate 'Tail-End Charlie' and/or Roving Marshals depending on size of group
9. give polite verbal warning to riders who do not comply with the Ride Leader's instructions, particularly if the group's safety is being compromised
10. ask cyclists not to participate in a ride if they do not comply with the Australian Road Rules and BSA Rides Policy
11. be notified if anyone in the group is not completing the ride, either at the commencement of the ride, and/or at the point when the rider/s leave the ride.
12. ensure that all cyclists who were part of the complete ride have returned to the agreed starting/finishing point
13. ensure that effective fixed lights and reflectors are in use when riding at night
14. comply with BSA's Emergency/Incident Procedures in the event of serious accident/injury
Bicycle SA shall expect ride participants to:
1. comply with the Australian Road Rules, and take responsibility for their own actions
2. ensure that any safety issues and reasonable requests made by the Rides Leader are complied with
3. notify either the Rides Leader and/or 'Tail End Charlie' if they intend leaving the ride before it ends
4. notify the Rides Leader of any medical condition and/or medication which may affect their participation in the ride
5. be adequately prepared for the ride by carrying sufficient water, refreshments and basic equipment to include pump, spare tube and puncture repair kit
6. comply with Bicycle SA's Emergency/Incident procedures in the event of serious accident/injury
In the event of an emergency situation, it is recommended that riders carry personal identification
This Rides Policy shall be reviewed annually to ensure that it remains current and relevant to Bicycle SA's standards of practice.