This code of conduct is devised for the safety and benefit of Stourbridge Cycling Club and its members. It outlines the minimum standards expected on all rides. If in doubt, consult your ride leader or any committee member.
Although we operate informal rides, we also have a duty to show good conduct to the general public while out on rides.
- It is your own responsibility to select a ride that you are capable of completing.
- The runs leader of the day decides where the destination is and the route to be taken.
- The rules of the road must be obeyed and the Highway Code should be followed at all times.
- We always attempt to avoid main roads and use lanes but this is not always possible.
- The safety of every member on the ride is of paramount importance.
- Be careful when braking within a group, be aware of riders behind you.
- Hard shell helmets are recommended.
- When encountering horses, slow down, let their riders know you are approaching (speak – don’t shout – so that the horse recognises an approaching human), and then pass single file when it is safe to do so. Do not shout, or undertake any action that may startle the horse.
- You must give signals to other members of the ride to warn of obstructions, eg approaching or following traffic, pot holes, parked vehicles.
- No more than two-abreast and single file on busy narrow roads.
- No aero attachments nor TT bikes to be used in group rides.
- Respect must be shown to other road users and club members.
- The country code must be obeyed.
- If you don’t have mudguards and are riding in the wet, consider other club members.
- Also, any cafes we use, you must use a cover on the seats to prevent soiling the furniture.