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SBC Protocols for Rides

The Salem Bicycle Club has resumed regularly scheduled rides. The 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.

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.

The protocols will be revised, as necessary, as additional information and directives related to group events such as SBC Weekly Rides become clearer. Additionally, club members may have suggestions for changing the protocols, either to make rides safer or to better accommodate members’ needs. These suggestions can be sent to webmaster@salembicycleclub.org.

The Rides Calendar is here.


Ride Participants

  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • To receive ride credit, members are expected to check in with the ride coordinator by verbally providing their name and member number at the start location and ride the designated route.
  • Please 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 10 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 single large group of riders leaving the start location at the same time. You may leave on the ride after checking in with the coordinator.
  • Maintain a social distance (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.
  • Carry a face mask with you in case circumstances make maintaining social distance difficult.
  • If you are uncomfortable with the club’s ride protocols, consider riding on your own during this difficult time.

Ride Coordinators

  • Arrange for an alternate ride coordinator if you are 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.
  • 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

Oregon Health Authority Guidance for Outdoor Recreation Organizations

Governor Brown’s Phase 1 Reopening Guidelines

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

Outside Magazine Discussion of Social Distancing Studies


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