Revised SBC Protocols
and Check-In Procedures for Rides
Marion County is currently in the Extreme Risk category for COVID-19 infections. Daily deaths, infections, and hospitalizations in the county are at all-time highs. Under this category, a maximum of 50 individuals may participate in outdoor recreation and fitness activities, but must avoid parties of greater than six.
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. 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 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 link to the Rides Calendar on this page has been moved.
Please refresh your understanding of the updated protocols while looking for the link.
- Stay home if you are ill or have been exposed to somebody who is ill.
- Wear a face mask or face covering at all times including at check-in, while on the ride, and at rest stops, except when 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.
- 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.
To see the Weekly Rides Calendar, click here.
State of Oregon COVID-19 Resources
State Outdoor Recreation Organization Guidance
State Outdoor Recreation FAQs
BikeLaw’s Guidance for Group Riding in the Age of Covid
Outside Magazine Discussion of Social Distancing Studies