Ride Coordinators Guide
(The term Ride Leader has been renamed Ride Coordinator as from April 2014)
Please feel free to contact the committee with details of any rides you would like to lead, or any new ride ideas.
Contacts for First Aid Kits
Garry Naismith – 0418 236 028
Penny McCarthy – 0415 053 149
Bob Melville – 0413 657 927
Ride Coordinators – Do Not Forget to Pick Up a First Aid Kit
This guide has been developed to help you to prepare for and enjoy the rides that you coordinate/lead for Peninsula Pedallers.
Peninsula Pedallers recognises the significant role that Ride Coordinators play in the successful operation of the Club. Without you, the Club could not operate.
Although each ride participant has the ultimate responsibility for their own safety and compliance with road laws, it is important that Ride Coordinators are familiar with and follow the Club’s Ride and Risk Management policies when leading rides. Peninsula Pedallers wants its riders to enjoy their rides and be safe at all times.
Be aware that you can cancel or change your ride, if necessary, because of weather, bushfire risks, traffic, or other conditions. Note that the ride calendar will carry a reminder to members to call the ride leader if the forecast temperature for ride day is 32°C or higher. The ride is likely to be changed or cancelled.
Modified electric bikes are not allowed on group rides.
Before The Ride
Please ensure that the description of your ride, as published in the ride calendar, is accurate, especially in terms of distance and terrain. Riders must know what to expect.
Ensure you have one of the club’s first aid kits available for your ride.
Welcome riders, especially new members, and visitors, and brief them all on the ride that you are leading. Your brief should include information on:
The route and distance
Road / track conditions
Any hills or challenging sections
Likely traffic conditions
Sections where single file riding is appropriate
Keeping track of those riders following.
Ensure that all riders have signed the ride form (Conditions of Participation).
Nominate a “Tail End Charlie”, preferably a member with ride leader experience and an appreciation of the importance of role.
Set a pace appropriate for those participating in the ride.
Stop and regroup at appropriate spots along the ride. Check with the “Tail End Charlie” that all is well.
Take particular note when turning at intersections that all riders have followed you. This is a particular policy of the club that unfortunately is too often neglected.
If necessary, ask another experienced club member to assist any rider experiencing difficulty.
If necessary, ask another experienced club member to ride back and check that all is well.
Enjoy the ride.
After The Ride
Make sure that all riders are present or accounted for.
Return the first aid kit to an appropriate person – preferably the next ride leader.
Return the ride list to the Membership Secretary or any committee member. Otherwise, leave the list in the first aid kit.
If there has been a significant incident on the ride, complete a ride incident form (there should be a copy in the first aid kit bag) and send it to the Risk Management representative.
Ride Attendance Sheet
If you do not have permission, click on the link, complete the request for access and wait for the administrator to authorise you. Let the admin know who you are in the request message box.
Note that the approval process works best if you have a google account. If you don't have a Google account then after approval you will be requested to enter a pin number sent via another email.
Also note that there have been reports of Apple devices taking their owners to the wrong place once approval has been given. In this case click on the above link again and it should take you to the correct document.
Useful Links for Ride and Route Planning
Weather Underground - I find this weather site to be fairly reliable and is good for getting local predictions. This link is set for Karingal but you can quite easily change the location to match your ride point.
BOM Rain Radar - Good for showing you where the rain is on the morning of your ride.
Zoom Earth - Advanced weather predictions (or just look at it for fun).
Google Maps - Useful tool for planning routes.
Topographical Map of Melbourne - Useful for working out where the hills are. Check out the CyclOSM layer.
Mapometer.com - Another useful tool for planning routes.