Ride Leader Responsibilities

As JORBA introduces group rides and skills clinics onto their calendar, its important to have a set standard for Ride Leaders. Riders: ride leaders are volunteers who are giving their own time to support and promote the sport and JORBA. Please help them help you to have a good time by being cooperative and respectful at all times. Ride leaders: please exercise your best judgment in all situations.

Some guidelines that our ride leader will follow:

• Ride Leaders should introduce themselves as the Ride Leader
• Ride Leaders should talk to new or less experienced riders to make them feel welcome
• Ride Leaders should be sure everyone signs a Waiver Of Liability if they have not yet signed in for the year
• Ride Leaders should be sure everyone signs the log in sheet so you will know if all riders return
• Ride Leaders should, when appropriate, promote JORBA and our membership page with JORBA business cards
• Ride Leaders should review safety guidelines with riders. At a minimum riders will wear a helmet, have an adequate supply of food and water, and clothing appropriate for the actual and forecasted weather.
• Ride Leaders should tell riders to let you know if they are going to modify their ride (e.g., turn around early, add an extra leg, etc.) so you won’t be waiting somewhere for them
• Ride Leaders should start the ride on time – you are not obligated to wait for late comers
• Ride Leaders should take steps to insure that new or less experienced riders are not left behind by doing one or all of the following:

◦ Take the opportunity to ride sweep yourself -or- ask someone else to ride sweep. Sweep rider should be familiar with the trail system and intended route
◦ Talk to riders at the back to assess their experience and fitness level and to determine that they will all ride together
◦ If the last riders are experienced and specifically request that you not wait for them, it is not necessary to do so
◦ If the ride breaks into more than one group, determine which group needs the sweep – it will usually be the shorter ride and/or slower group

• Ride Leaders it is not your responsibility to repair bikes. However, it is a good idea to bring: spare tube and/or tube repair kit, pump, very basic tools or all-in-one tool. Chapter stipends can cover the cost of tubes, etc. that you hand out to the riders.
• Ride Leaders should account for all riders at the end of the ride
• Ride leaders are obligated to show up at every ride they are leading unless the ride is canceled. Please make sure that you cancel the ride appropriately (example: use the website to cancel when 1-2 days notice is given, either because trail conditions do not permit it or other reason) or provide a reasonable weather cancelation policy (example: light rain cancels the ride). Ride leaders are not obligated to ride in bad weather.
• If you can't lead your ride, please find a substitute – either one of the other leaders or another responsible person

This document was adapted from the Green Mountain Bicycle Club's Ride Leader guidelines: http://www.thegmbc.com/touring/RideLeaderResp.shtml