GSW Ride Leader Guidelines
for agreeing to lead a GSW ride. Remember that on the day of your ride,
you'll be riding for the club, not for yourself. Be aware of your responsibility
to the club and to all the other riders who will be depending on you.
are some guidelines that will help you prepare for your ride and to lead
a safe, fun and successful ride.
GUIDELINES FOR PREPARING THE RIDE
Up a Ride:
Call or email
the Ride Coordinator early to lock in a date for your ride.
your ride will be a "novice ride". If you designate your ride
as a novice ride, you are committing to lead novices yourself or to enlisting
the help of a co-leader who will ride with any novices who show up for
your ride. Whether your ride is a novice ride or not, a co-leader is often
a good idea.
details for your ride to the Ride Coordinator before the deadline for
rides (printed in every issue of Pedal Talk). Include day, time, place,
pace, terrain, description, directions, contact information, and dates
Out a New Ride:
Find a starting
location with ample parking. Obtain the owner's permission to use the
area. If proof of insurance is required, contact the GSW office (address
out your tentative route on a draft cue sheet or highlight it on a map.
Avoid unpaved and poorly paved roads. But, if short stretches of poor
pavement can't be avoided, be sure to call them to riders' attention before
the ride. Also, avoid unnecessary conflicts with heavy traffic, such as
left turns on heavily traveled roads.
route or drive it in a car. Note correct distances, unusual hazards, landmarks,
rest stops, etc. on your draft cue sheet. Some ride leaders find a hand
held voice recorder works well for this.
a Cue Sheet:
you know your route; others may not. A good cue sheet is essential. Some
riders prefer a map over a cue sheet while others prefer a cue sheet.
A good cue sheet can be followed by anybody, but a map is more useful
for a rider to find his/her way back onto the route if he/she strays.
The best solution may be a cue sheet map, showing the highlighted route
and adjacent roads.
point to point mileages and cumulative mileages. Double check your mileages
and your arithmetic. Note landmarks, points of interests, unusual hazards,
stores, etc. on your cue sheet.
your cue sheet and map before you make final copies. If you can, have
someone else proofread it for you--preferably while riding the route.
cue sheet and/or map simple and easy to read from a moving bike. Include
only information that is needed for following the route. Don't be verbose.
If you use
a computer or a word processor, two column cue sheets are easy to read
and work well. If you can't use columns, leave every third or fourth line
blank. This helps the reader to follow a line of print from left to right
without inadvertently skipping lines.
standard abbreviations and include a key to the abbreviations on the cue
sheet. The standard GSW abbreviations are below. Please refer to the Pedal
Talk Formatting Guide for further formatting information. Example cue
sheets are available upon request.
R = Right
L = Left
S = Straight
X = Cross
BR = Bear Right
IMM = Immediate Turn
TSO = To Stay On
T = T Intersection
Y = Y Intersection
> = Road Name Changes
CL = Caution Light
TL = Traffic Light
SS = Stop Sign
YS = Yield Sign
Food = Food
Toilet = Toilet
An on-line archive of cue sheets is being organized so that riders can review them and print if they like.
See the cue sheets we have collected so far HERE
Ride Leaders: Please send me your cue sheets in MS Word, Open Office, PDF format, or in the content of an email so that they can be shared with other riders. Thank you!
Barbara Amos, web publisher
FOR THE DAY OF THE RIDE
20 minutes early (try to be the first one there). Get yourself ready to
ride then set out the sign-up sheet(s). Be available to answer questions
about the route, cue sheets, etc.
a co-leader for each cue-sheeted ride or for each show & go group.
Try to hold the number of show & go groups to two or three. Make sure
co-leaders go over the route verbally for all riders, especially on show
& go rides.
a sweep. The sweep should be someone who is very familiar with the route.
to the ride. Ask if there are any novice riders or riders new to the club.
Find someone to accompany them or do it yourself.
road hazards, construction, or other changes since the cue sheet was printed.
food and water stops along the route and planned stops for regrouping.
will be an after ride gathering for socializing, tell where.
to notify someone if they intentionally drop out of the ride. Remind all
riders to sign in when they return.
the rules of the road and state that it is GSW policy to obey them.
GSW practices and courtesies. ("On your left", "Car back",
the "Wave then turn" practice: Wait at every turn until the
next rider is in sight. Wave. Don't turn until he/she returns the wave.
If no rider makes a turn until he/she is certain the rider has seen him/her,
no one will ever get lost!
out in small groups unless traffic is very light.
number of riders in your immediate group.
to report any incidents of harassment by motorists. Most cell phones have
a voice recorder feature that can come in handy to note a license plate
and car description. Please do NOT talk on a cell phone while riding.
All serious incidents and accidents should be documented in writing then
mailed to the GSW and the NH DMV:
Granite State Wheelmen, Inc.
215 South Broadway
Salem, NH 03079-3309
Officer William Whitcher
NH Dept. of Safety, DMV
James H. Hayes Safety Building, Rm 107
23 Hazen Drive
Concord NH 03305
to promote "wave then turn". Recount the riders as often as
riders follow simple safety rules (e.g. don't unnecessarily obstruct traffic,
stop at stop signs, traffic signals, etc.)
to stay single-file in traffic and leave a gap for traffic to pass if
there are more than 5 or 6 riders.
note any riders that exhibit unsafe riding practices. If you observe someone
doing something dangerous or illegal, please speak with the rider in private
after the ride. Try using a friendly tone and inform them of the GSW's
Inform, Educate, and Enforce (IEE) policy.
After The Ride:
all riders have returned or are accounted for.
all riders have signed in after the ride.
sign-up sheets, with mileages, to the Club Mileage Chairperson.
Be sure to
note any aspects of the ride (i.e. enjoyable routes, helpful riders, humorous
events, etc.) on the sign-up sheet when you send it in.
your suggestions/or updating this sheet to
Erich Whitney, 5 Wilson Ave., Derry, NH 03038-2117 (603) 537-1120
was originally prepared by GSW member G. Darcy Hart of Bedford, NH and
is dedicated to his memory.
RL Guidelines Rev 5.doc