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SBC Protocols and Check-In
Procedures for Rides

 Marion County is currently in the High Risk category for COVID-19 infections.

The Salem Bicycle Club rides will continue as scheduled unless unanticipated new state or local directives suggest otherwise. The environment in which we ride will not immediately return to that which we enjoyed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, based on the information currently available, it is likely to be a long time before we can return to business as usual, perhaps not until after a vaccine is widely available. We anticipate that the club will return to its regular ride sign-in procedures once the current emergency is over.

Club members who are NOT comfortable checking in at the start location/time may still receive mileage credit for riding the routes listed in the Weekly Rides Calendar. To qualify for mileage credit, those club members must ride the scheduled route on the date the ride is listed on the Weekly Rides Calendar and complete the Mileage Credit Request form no later than the day after the scheduled ride. Members exercising this option are expected to observe the ride protocols. The option for online sign-ups for rides will be terminated when the Governor designates the risk level in Marion County as "Moderate."

The following protocols are intended to protect members from the spread of the Coronavirus to the maximum extent possible, recognizing that many members fall within groups who are most vulnerable. These protocols represent our best understanding of what is necessary to conduct club rides safely and in a manner consistent with governmental directives.

Ride Participants

  • Stay home if you are ill or have been exposed to somebody who is ill.
  • Carry a face mask. Wear the face mask when indoors. A face mask is not necessary when outdoors if you are fully vaccinated, can maintain social distance from others, or are eating or drinking.
  • To receive ride credit, members may check in with the ride coordinator at the start location or complete the Mileage Credit Request form.
  • Print the route map at home and bring it with you to the ride or download the route to your GPS device or phone.
  • Do not congregate in groups of more than 6 at the start location or a rest stop.
  • Leave space around the ride coordinator as that person is checking riders in.
  • Ensure that there is a staggered departure on the ride so there is not a group of more than six riders leaving the start location at the same time. You should leave on the ride soon after checking in with the coordinator.
  • Maintain a social distance (at least six feet) at all times prior to and during the ride, including during breaks. Remember that the drift of any virus cloud varies depending on the wind and may persist much further than six feet in the slipstream of another rider.
  • Respect the personal space of other ride participants, including those who would prefer to ride spaced well apart as well as those who want to ride in closer proximity to others. If you are unsure, ask them.
  • If you are uncomfortable with the club’s ride protocols, consider riding on your own during this difficult time. Members who fail to observe the protocols may be removed from the ride sign-in sheet. Members who do so repeatedly may be asked to ride on their own.

Ride Coordinators

  • Arrange for an alternate ride coordinator if you are ill or have been exposed to somebody who is ill.
  • Arrive at the start location at least 15 minutes, and preferably 20-25 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
  • Do not allow ride participants to handle the sign-in sheet. Instead, record their number and name on the ride sheet yourself.
  • If a non-member wishes to ride, do not record their information on the ride sheet. Advise them that they are welcome to ride the route, but at their own risk.
  • If a map is requested, hand a single copy to that person. Do not allow participants to remove maps from the ride packet themselves.
  • Exercise good hygienic measures to minimize risks of transferring the virus, particularly as it pertains to keeping your own hands clean.
  • Remove from the sign up sheet any participants who deliberately disregard SBC Ride Protocols.
  • If you are not comfortable coordinating rides under these conditions, please let the Rides Committee Chair know as soon as possible so that the coordination duties can be re-assigned.

Additional Information

State of Oregon COVID-19 Resources

State of Oregon Mask Guidance

State of Oregon Mask FAQs

State Outdoor Recreation and Fitness Establishments Guidance

State Outdoor Fitness and Recreation FAQs

BikeLaw’s Guidance for Group Riding in the Age of Covid

Outside Magazine Discussion of Social Distancing Studies

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