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-up in advance using the online sign-up app and check-in with the Ride Leader prior to the ride pushing off.  
  • 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.

Delaware Yield – Delaware passed a law that allows cyclists to consider Stop signs as they would a Yield sign, proceeding through an intersection when safe to do so.  Not every motorist is aware of the law, so use your own judgement when determine when it is safe for You to proceed.