BEFORE THE RIDE
1. Familiarise yourself with the Victorian Road Law for Cyclists. An easy-to-read guide is available from the Victoria Law Foundation: https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/tips-resources/road-rules/
2. Ensure that your bike is in good repair. You should have a bell, pump, puncture repair kit or spare tube, tyre levers, a water bottle and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.
3. Be seen and be safe - consider the visibility of your clothing. The Club recommends that front and rear flashing lights are used at all times.
4. The Club provides members with ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) cards to record emergency contacts and useful personal medical information for paramedics, in the event of an accident. It is recommended that you carry one of these cards in your wallet or bag and another attached to your bike using a weatherproof envelope (also provided).
5. GTC recommends individuals consider insurance to cover all riding circumstances and has recently affiliated with Bicycle Network to provide cycling-specific personal accident insurance cover on a 24-7 basis. You can join BN with GTC affiliation at: https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/membership/affiliate-memberships/?promo=geelong-touring-cyclists-membership.
6. GTC coordinates the purchase of Club Kit (jerseys, shorts & vests) on a regular basis. Whilst there is no compulsion, the club is rightly proud of the positive public image this presents and encourages members to wear club kit as often as possible.
7. Check the club web site and WhatsApp for any late changes or cancellation of a ride due to the likelihood of an extreme weather event.
ON THE RIDE
2. The Club policy is to ride single file where the road is narrow, has double or unbroken white lines, heavy traffic or where visibility is limited such as when approaching a bend or crest.
3. Some riders do not like riding in close proximity to others, especially when road or traffic conditions are not ideal. If this applies to you speak up and ask the rider beside or behind you to "move up" or "drop back".
4. Keep to the left on shared paths and slow down and use your bell when approaching pedestrians or other cyclists from behind.
5. Alert the rider in front before passing - always pass on the right (outside).
6. Leave plenty of room between yourself and the rider in front to allow for unexpected stops. If you have to stop, alert the riders behind you before using the brakes calling stopping or slowing.
7. Avoid stopping near intersections and when stopped, ensure your bike is clear of the road edge and is not obstructing other road/path users.
8. Alert the group to hazards e.g. broken glass, approaching cars, other cyclists or pedestrians.
9. Notify the leader or “tail end Charlie” if you leave the group before the official completion of the ride.