The following message and instructions has been provided to all members. Ride leaders should be aware of the details and their responsibilities.
With Alameda County now in the orange tier, we are further opening the calendar to include rides with coffee stops. To address the concerns of some ride leaders, we are allowing ride leaders to express a preference for vaccinated members. As usual, all rides must have ride leaders; ride leaders must follow the sign-in protocol; and all participants must be FFBC members, follow the instructions and agree to the waiver.
The calendar will accurately reflect the next two weeks’ rides. The rides that appear beyond two weeks are recurring club rides and will be deleted two to three weeks ahead of time until ride leaders decide to lead them.
The FFBC Board
- At any point while on a club ride, riders must adhere to social distancing and face mask guidelines.
- Wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when within six feet of others not in your immediate household.
- Wear a face covering when riding on a trail or any other area where pedestrians are common.
- Maintain at least six-foot spacing at the start, regroups and breaks, except from those in your immediate household.
- Maintain at least six-foot spacing during the ride including traffic stops (e.g., NO drafting, pace-lining, side-by-side riding, clustering at stop lights), except from those in your immediate household.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer after breaks.
- Use a handkerchief or sleeve or elbow to cough, sneeze, blow one’s nose or spit.
- Leave the ride for noncompliance at the ride leader’s direction.
- To lead a ride, a club member must post to the FFBC Calendar at least two (2) calendar days before the ride.
- Only club members with current memberships may lead rides.
- To submit a new ride, follow these instructions: http://ffbc.org/rides/ride-entry/ or contact the ride coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Specify a limit of 2 to 20 riders (including yourself).
- Optionally, include the following statement: “Members who are fully vaccinated or cannot be vaccinated are preferred. For reasons of medical privacy, no proof of vaccination will be required.”
- To reserve a place on a ride, no later than the prior day:
- Only club members with current memberships may join rides. You may not invite non-members.
- Review the ride description to ensure you meet all requirements.
- Email the ride leader with your full name, mobile number and emergency contact’s number. (The ride leader will enter this information on an FFBC sign-in sheet.) Do NOT reply all to a groups.io posting.
- By doing so, you agree to the FFBC Ride Waiver, below.
- If the ride is full, the ride leader will let you know.
- During a ride, all riders are expected to be self-sufficient.
- After the ride:
FFBC RIDE WAIVER
I am a current member of the Fremont Freewheelers Bicycle Club (FFBC) and have signed the Club’s “Release of Liability” on the club’s membership form. As specified on the Release of Liability, bicycling activities have many risks and dangers of serious bodily injury, including viral infections, bacterial infections, transmission of other communicable diseases and illnesses that may result in permanent disability, paralysis and death. Within the two weeks prior to this ride, neither I nor, to my knowledge, anyone with whom I have had close contact have had any COVID-19 symptoms or received a positive test. Within the two weeks after this ride, if I develop any COVID-19 symptoms or receive a positive test, I will notify the ride leader and ride coordinator who will then notify the FFBC Board, pedal pounders manager and riders from my prior two weeks’ club rides. If a public health official asks for a list of riders, I understand that FFBC will provide my name and contact information. By providing the ride leader with my name, mobile number and emergency contact number, I agree that all these risks are covered by the Release of Liability.
Normal Ride Procedures
Insurance and Accident Reporting
General Summary of Incident handling
- Ride leaders take our new form with them on the ride (Incident Report Form) – this form provides a checklist on how to handle an accident and outlines what they should document at the scene of an accident. In addition to what Ride Leaders have done in the past, emphasis is placed on taking pictures and taking down witness information. As a further note, even if the Ride Leader thinks the incident is minor, err on the side of caution and document the incident. This is to protect the club and Ride Leader.
- After the ride, the Ride leader enters that hand written information and uploads pictures into an on-line form, via the highlighted “Incident Report Entry” menu item. The Ride Leader must be logged-in to view and access that menu item.
- Since most injured riders are covered by their own primary insurance the process will often end at that point. However if the injured rider would like to submit a claim to the club insurance company then they should contact the club secretary.
- The club secretary will transfer the incident information onto our insurance company form, and then give that form to the injured rider. The injured rider should complete the form with their addition personal information and then submit it to the insurance company directly.
- Incident Report Form – Print and carry this form on all rides. NOTE: If there is any doubt as to whether an incident should be reported on the online form – err on the side of being cautious, and DO IT. The club would like to document all incidents, even if the Ride Leader feels it will never be submitted to our insurance company.
- Accident Scene Instructions -this information is contained in the prior item #1-the Incident Report form – but is here for reference.
- Accident Reporting Form (updated May 2020) – this is for reference – the secretary and injured rider will fill out this form and handle the insurance submission
- Ride Leader Qualifications and Tips – learn about becoming and being a Ride Leader.
- Ride Submission Form – post a new ride to the ride calendar, with all the details.
- Ride Sign-In Forms
- After ride submission of Pedal Pounder information (sign-in sheets): Send them to Pedal Pounder manager. Electronic uploads of sign-in sheets are acceptable/preferred.
- FFBC Route library on RidewithGPS: Route Library & Collections are two excellent route sources. You may have to sign into the club account to access Collections.
- Club Contacts and mailing address – FFBC, PO Box 1868, Fremont, CA 94538
- Pizza Ride Coordinator’s “How to” Guide – tips for coordinating a club pizza ride.
- Ride Cancellation – information to help decide whether a Scheduled ride should be cancelled and converted into a Show-and-Go ride
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