Rules of the Road

WCBC Ride Rules

  • The wearing of a helmet (ANSI and/or Snell approved) is required on all club rides.
  • Ride in a safe manner and obey all traffic laws, single/double file as appropriate to the roadway/traffic conditions
  • Earphones or headsets for the purpose of entertainment (music, radio etc.) are NOT permitted during club rides.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early and be prepared to leave at the time stated.
  • Make sure your bike is in proper working order before you arrive. Carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump, water bottle, and I.D. (emergency information). Sign the ride sheet and list an emergency phone number.
  • Each rider assumes his/her own risk on all rides. Those who ride ahead are on their own.
  • Always notify the Ride Leader when leaving the group.
  • Secondary insurance coverage on club rides is provided for WCBC members. Non-members are not covered by Club insurance except for major rides.


Ride Cancellation Policy

If 1½ hours prior to the start of any scheduled ride, the weather conditions are questionable, the ride may be cancelled at the discretion of the ride leader. For example, a 60% or greater chance of rain or greater than 20 mph winds. If you have questions or are in doubt, call the ride leader.

If you have a question or a major complaint about WCBC rides, contact the Ride Captain.

Help Keep Drivers Friendly

Car back – ride single file or double file as appropriate to the roadway and traffic conditions. When indicated that a car is trying to pass, you are to ride single file and let the cars safely pass.

Avoid busy roads – if you ride on a busy highway, the chances are you will ruffle the delicate feathers of already edgy commuters. Examine a detailed map of your area and you’ll probably be surprised at the many quiet roads available nearby. Be careful about provocative actions – when stopped at a red light, do not irritate a driver by leaning against their car or by riding in circles in front of them.

Return the favor – cyclists come to appreciate little unexpected courtesies from motorists. We all nod or say thanks to the driver who has the right-of-way but waves us through anyway. Try returning the favor. An example would be to motion a driver to make his turn in front of you if you’ll be slow getting underway. Who knows? That driver might look a bit more favorably on the next cyclist down the road.