(We have talked about documenting our Ride Leader documentation for a while. This, and the linked pages, are heavily borrowed from Pedal Power ACT. We need to review it as a committee and make it our own.)
This section gives guidance to members to develop, advertise and/or lead rides or events to assist in enabling group cycling to continue as a pleasurable, safe and largely voluntary activity.
Leisure cycling is inherently safe and has a safety record that allows Bicycle Tasmania and its volunteers to have very little to fear from threats of negligence or liability.
To avoid legal claims:
- Be well organised, supportive and structured.
- Present yourself in a way that shows that you (and Bicycle Tasmania) are not negligent in your approach to safety and quality issues.
A Pedal Power ride is not an event (see bottom of this page) and does not have an entry fee, and can comprise:
Day rides such as
A local ride around the bike paths and/or local roads
A day ride to some location around Tasmania
Overnight rides such as
A week-end away ride
A longer away ride
Or something else you think would appeal to others
- Ride should be a pleasure for the ride leader as well as for everyone else.
- Run rides that you will enjoy ‑ go to a destination you would like, via a route suitable to you and at your pace. That is only fair, for you are doing Pedal Power members a service by running the ride.
- There are no restrictions on the type of ride you may conduct ‑ so long as it is legal and safe for the riders.
- There are different types of rides including: a jaunt to the café, a half-day social ride, half-day long (and fast) rides, a day long ride, night rides, weekends away, ride to join another organised ride, many day country ride, or whatever you desire.
Where to ride
Do not be too concerned about finding a ‘new’ ride. Although new ideas are most welcome, there are only so many places to go and riders will be appreciative even if they have done it many times before. Check the Rides & Maps section for some inspiration.
Some things to consider
- A clear destination, although not compulsory, usually makes a ride more enjoyable.
- Halfway stop or focus point is often appreciate by riders. Whilst this has traditionally been a cafe or similar, it could be anything at all – a geographical feature, cultural event, notable building or park.
- If planning your ride to, from or through the middle of City/Town and some Group Centres, be aware that these areas large groups of cyclists can be difficult to manoeuvre. With planning, it is usually possible to approach those areas on bike paths or back streets.
- In urban areas, it is helpful if the ride includes one or two opportunities for toilet breaks. As many members may ride some distance to the start point, a start point with toilets will earn the Ride Leader much gratitude.
- Consider where riders might obtain extra water – particularly on longer rides.
- Consider where there are public toilets – particularly in urban areas.
- Think about the likely temperatures, weather conditions, and daylight hours of the time of year you want to run your ride. If your proposed route involves crossing floodways, consider that as well.
- For off-road rides, it is essential to check it is legally permitted to cycling where you intend to go, especially in national parks. Get permission if necessary.
- The easier, flatter and shorter your ride, the more likely it will attract inexperienced riders. In that case, minimise busy intersections (especially where a right turn is required), multi-lane roundabouts and busy roads without shoulders. This is not always possible, and a few unavoidable hazards should not completely scuttle your plans to follow a particular route when you exercise caution.
- For a regular Pedal Power ride, ensure the route and conduct of the ride is in line with the advertised length, difficulty and other requirements.
Check the route
Ride it (or at least drive it) yourself, if possible, before advertising it.
Take note of:
- Any particularly difficult areas or hazards (eg, knowing the location of a kerb ramp or underpass can be invaluable)
- The distance (overall and to focus points, cafes, water points, etc)
- The time it should take, with stops
- The location of suitable stopping (and regrouping) spots, water, food and toilets
For many rides, you should prepare a cue sheet for your ride to help you and assistant ride leaders. It can be a description of the route, something sketched on a map, or a detailed instruction sheet set out in a table. Choose the type you find more useful and, where appropriate, put it in your ride advertisement and/or give copies to the riders.
Advertise your ride appropriately so that potential riders have a fair understanding of the ride they are going on.
If you are the leader of a regular Bicycle Tasmania ride, ensure the route and conduct of the ride is in line with the advertised length, difficulty and other requirements.
(Currently this section does not address events).