Please follow these guidelines to help make our club rides safe and enjoyable.

Guidelines for All Riders

    • Obey the Highway Code and show consideration to other road users and to the group.
    • Follow instructions given by the Ride Leader or Back Marker for the safety of yourself and fellow riders
    • Use the calls (see table below) to alert the group when necessary
    • Use hand signals when turning and to point out hazards
    • Arrive in good time for the briefing at the start of the ride
    • Ensure your bike is in good condition with tyres pumped
    • Be prepared by bringing water, phone, tools, spare tubes, ICE details (click here for details)
    • Put lights on your bike in case the ride is delayed and the return is after dark, or visibility is poor during the day
    • Use mudguards in wet weather as a courtesy to following riders
    • Wear appropriate clothing; consider weather and visibility. WSCC recommends wearing a helmet and Hi Viz clothing
    • Seek advice: we have many experienced riders who are happy to advise on bikes, clothing, safety, repairs and good rides

Calls - mandatory

 Explanation
Car FrontMade by the Leader (or others near the front): a vehicle coming towards the group may be a hazard.
Car BackMade by the Back Marker (or riders near the back) – a vehicle behind that may be overtaking.
Stopping / SlowingThe rider intends to Stop or Slow down.
Single file / Single outAn instruction from Leader or Back Marker. Mandatory move to single file riding to allow a car to overtake or because of a narrow road.
Car Left / RightTo warn of a car approaching. There may be a requirement to stop.
Open GapsA mandatory instruction from Leader or Back Marker to split into smaller groups to allow traffic to overtake safely. Typical group size is 5 riders, who will then need to self-discipline (with calls). The groups should be at least 5 car lengths apart.
ClearA courtesy call to assist riders in crossing an intersection.
Other advisory callsTo alert other riders of a Pedestrian, Runner, Horse, Hole, Gravel, Puncture etc ?(use appropriate hand signals as necessary).
All Up!A call (often mandatory) made by the back marker to advise the leader that all riders are accounted for.