Safety begins with each individual cyclist. It is a product of the rider’s attitude, behaviors and skills. Riding in groups enable cyclists to help each other be safer. Groups where the members feel empowered to help each other are safer. The role of the SLOBC is to support a safety process, identfy best safety practices, and nurture an environment that helps its members ride safely.
Cyclists who solicit help to be safer are safer. If you want to be safer, be open to help from your fellow cyclists. Let those you ride with know that if you do something unsafe, you want to know. In turn, if you see other riders being unsafe, talk with them. When you see other riders doing the right thing, compliment them. If you can help another cyclists improve their skills, help them.
Situational awareness, being aware of the road, traffic conditions, other riders and anticipating the safest thing to do is fundamental to safe cycling. It provides the foundation for Safe Cycling Best Practices which describe the essential skills for safe cycling.
Riding in groups, the essence of what cycling is all about, provides an additional degree of rider safety. Group Riding Best Practices are based on the "Safe Cycling Best Practices" with additions and elaborations unique to riding in groups. Further information on safe cycling can be found under Safety Videos & Resources.
The role of the club is to support the rider safety process. Support includes identifying Ride Leader Best Practices, providing recommendations for Ride Start Communications, organizing ride leader training and developing policies and processes that empower and invest the responsibility for ride safety in all of its members. The SLOBC is committed to helping its members enjoy safe cycling.