GTC RIDER GUIDELINES

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. Be seen and be safe - consider the visibility of your clothing. The Club recommends front and rear flashing lights be used at all times. 
  3. The Club provides members with ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) cards to record emergency contacts and provide useful medical information for paramedics in the event of an accident.  It is recommended you carry one of these cards in your wallet or bag and attach another to your bike using a weatherproof envelope (also provided).
  4. Check the GTC web site and WhatsApp for any late ride changes or cancellations.

On the Ride

  1. Obey the road rules and follow the instructions and recommendations of the ride leader at all times. Please remember that your behaviour reflects on the Club and cyclists in general. 
  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. The Club advocates for safe riding distances between riders. 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 to "move up" or "drop back".
  4. Keep to the left on shared paths, slow down and use your bell or yell out “passing” when approaching pedestrians or other cyclists from behind.
  5. Common calls on the road include “car up”, “car back”, “car right” or “car left”.  It is crucial these messages are conveyed in a loud voice.
  6. Alert the rider in front before passing.  Always pass on the right (outside).
  7. When stopping, ensure your bike is clear of the road edge and of other riders, and that it is not obstructing other road or path users.
  8. Notify the leader or ‘tail-end Charlie’ if you leave the group before the official completion of the ride.

After the Ride
Riders are encouraged to provide feedback to the ride leader where relevant. Constructive feedback is encouraged and supported.

Safe Riding Practices
Each rider is responsible for their own safety.
The Club has adopted the following HAND ACTION, VISUAL and VERBAL prompts to ensure safe riding. Communication within the riding group is essential to mitigate risk of injuries.

 

HAND ACTION

 

VISUAL

 

VERBAL

 

Hand signal for slowing or stopping.

 

If slowing, yell out “SLOWING”

If stopping, yell out “STOPPING”

 

Hand signal for turning left.

 

Yell out “TURNING LEFT”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand signal for turning right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yell out
“TURNING RIGHT”

 

Hand signal pointing out a road hazard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yell out the actual hazard
e.g.      “HOLE”
            “GLASS”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand signal to move to the right when an obstruction is ahead.

 

 

 

 

Yell out the specific obstruction
e.g.      “CAR”,
            “BRANCH”,
            “DRAIN”