Keep It Safe

07/14/2015

There has been much buzz on the Chesapeake Spokes Google Group in the past week and one thing is clear; Safety is Paramount! There are many causes for the breaches in safety: new riders unfamiliar with the rules and seasoned riders who have become complacent over the years. It is easy to point the finger, but it is more important to look at our own riding habits and objectively grade ourselves on how we follow the rules.

The goal of Chesapeake Spokes Bike Club is to provide a friendly and safe cycling experience for all levels of cyclists. We promote camaraderie and expect members to treat each other with respect both on and off the bike. However, we do not sacrifice safety for camaraderie. The Spokes has just added a new page to the website as a training tool for new riders and a refresher course for the veterans of the club. You can navigate your way to the new page through the Rides menu.

They key thing to remember is that safety starts with you. Be aware of your environment by using all of your senses and keeping your focus on the ride. Communicate with each other to increase group awareness. And always be on the defensive because your life depends on it! The best rides are the ones that every rider comes back unscathed.

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Chesapeake Spokes.org was founded on providing a friendly and safe cycling experience for all levels of cyclists. We promote camaraderie and expect members to treat each other with respect both on and off the bike. All meetings are open and we provide an open channel of communication were club business, ideas, suggestions, complaints are voiced for all members to see and respond via our exclusive and private Google Groups Account. Everyday, members are keeping in touch and picking up rides. Become a member and join the fun!
Criteria to ride:
  • All members must use an approved safety helmet in good condition, conduct themselves in a safe and courteous manner, follow standard safe bicycle procedures, not operate non-maintained or unsafe bicycle and obey all local, state and federal laws.
  • All riders must be at least 14 years of age. Riders under 18 must have a membership application with parent or legal guardian's consent, riders under 16 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian for all club rides/events. Non-members are invited to join in only one CSO ride as a guest and are required to sign a ride waiver.
  • All riders must obey the instructions of the ride leader and their supporting crew and abide by the code of conduct detailed in the membership application. Failure to obey any instructions, will result in that rider being banned to participate further.