Welcome Ride Leaders. You are the heart and soul of BCP. We couldn’t exist without you. So thank you
and we ask you to read this important information before leading a ride.
Ride Submission Process
It’s easy to submit a ride to BCP. You must be a BCP member. All you have to do is hit this
Submit Links button and follow the directions.
- Your ride will automatically be posted on the Website’s Ride Calendar
- Your ride description will be emailed to the appropriate Ride Coordinator to review for accuracy and possible conflicts
- You must submit your ride by the 12th of the month for inclusion in the next month’s Quick Release Newsletter.
Ad Hoc / Add-On Rides You will use the same ride submission process above. Ad hoc rides will also be posted to the 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
Ride Coordinators Ride Coordinators monitor the ride submissions in their category,
try to fill in the ride slots each month, and can be a valuable resource to ride leaders.
If you have questions, please contact one of them:
Choose riding level: (The ride levels below are links to the ride submission form.)
Abuse of Ride Submission Process If a member abuses the automatic ride submission process by
putting inappropriate items or words in the listing, the submitter of the ride will receive one warning
and if it reoccurs, membership privileges can be revoked.
Riding Levels Pick the proper ride level for your ride. Take into account type of terrain and
distance. Click here to view more information on the riding levels.
Sign-In Sheet Each person on the ride must sign in and agree to the waiver.
Click here to download a sign-up sheet in Adobe Acrobat.pdf format.
Ride Leader HandbookThis Ride Leader Training Course, written by BCP's Ride Coordinator
Howard Wiener, is especially useful for first time ride leaders and has
more in dept information about leading a ride.
Click here for the 2012 Ride Leader Handbook
Ride Leader Checklist
Things to Bring:
Outline for Pre-Ride Introduction:
- BCP Sign up sheet w/pen (retain filled out copy for 1 year)
- BCP applications
- Sufficient copies of cue sheet for all riders (Put your cell # on the cue.)
- County/area map in case you get lost (GPS if you have it)
- Two spare tubes (one for you, one for another rider)
- Self-adhesive tire patches (Park makes them)
- Cell Phone so that riders can contact you if lost (if you have one)
Special tips for "D" Ride Leaders (Review the following w/riders)
- Ask if everyone has signed the sign up sheet. Then get it back.
- Ask riders to give cell phone no. they have on day of ride and a separate emergency phone no.
- Helmets are required – If no helmet, no ride with the BCP group
- No earphones allowed on ride.
- Introduce the ride (destination, duration, distance, special features, special
hazards/problems, confusing turns, location/timing of food/lunch stop(s), toilet stops)
- Traffic laws - Follow the Pa. Vehicular Law- a bike is a vehicle
- The pace -Your policy re stragglers
- No drafting without (1)notice, and (2)permission
- Your policy re breakdowns (wait or keep going?)
- I lead from the front/rear [Choose a sweep, preferably beforehand]
- Single file on crowded roads
- Ride to the right, not in the middle of the road - Remember the Golden Rule (how would you feel if you were a driver and saw what you (the bike rider) were doing?) - this promotes good relationships w/drivers.
- Ask riders to call out re cars, potholes, braking, etc. - use your voice and hand signals
- The three foot rule (if you have a problem, get 3' off the road)
- Make sure you have enough water, food for ride [Warnings re extreme: heat, cold]
- How to adjust QR levers correctly
- The correct tire pressure (eyeball riders' bikes, squeeze their tires)
Simple safety tips:
- Watch for parked car doors opening
- Watch for cars passing, then turning right
- Don't ride in a driver's blind spot
- Any other safety tips
- Adjustment of their helmets
- Quickly check riders' brakes (are they adjusted?)
- Whether they are properly dressed, given the conditions
- Use of bright clothing & reflectorized materials
- Gear shifting (how and when to do it)
What To Do In Case of a Serious Accident on a Group Ride
Although we all try to ride safely, accidents will happen. If you are the ride leader, please follow this
coordinated emergency response, which should cover all the essentials. Ideally there will be 4 people, each
prepared to take on one of the following roles so they can be done simultaneously. Otherwise, some may have
to be done in sequence. You should take control and assign tasks.
- Crowd Control. Get other riders and bicycles out of the road and away from the victim.
- Protect victim from traffic. if victim is on the road. If possible to do so without risking your own
safety, position yourself between the victim and oncoming traffic. Direct traffic around the victim. You can
use your bike as a barrier to make yourself more visible.
- Call 911. The most important information is location. Try to provide name of town as well as cross
streets. If possible, give information about what happened and condition of the victim(s).
- Attend to the victim. If there is anyone who knows CPR or has more advanced training, they should
take this role. If you don’t have any training, just keep the victim from further harm:
- Don’t move or allow the victim to move head or trunk unless absolutely necessary (moving can
contribute to paralysis if there is spinal injury).
- Don’t remove their helmet.
- Don’t give food or water.
- If they are conscious, talk to them. Just make sure they don’t nod or shake their head in
response (don’t want them moving head or neck).
- Let them know help is on the way.