Cycling Safety and Etiquette
At this point in the season most of us are seeing real gains in our
fitness and are ignoring some of the basics.
ALL OF US: from seasoned racers to novice recreational riders,
benefit from brushing up on our basics.
Helmets are MANDATORY.
Obey the rules of the road. Conduct yourself with the same
consideration as you would expect from any other road user,
particularly motorists. Aggressive behaviour and gestures by
cyclists will alienate motorists and could lead to endangering
other cyclists. Know and use all the basic hand signals.
- Traffic: Lead rider must take responsibility for those behind
when approaching turns, intersections, transitions from multi-lane
to single-lane etc.
- Traffic lights and stop signs: Do not cross an intersection, even
if the traffic light is green, unless you are sure that the whole
group will be able to cross safely before the light changes.
- If the group becomes split at a traffic light, the leading riders
should then slow, or stop in a safe place, to allow riders to
- Crossing major highways and uncontrolled intersections: Do not
act individually. Car drivers see the group as one entity and
expect it to act as one.
- The rider at the front takes charge directing everyone not to
cross until there is a gap in traffic large enough for the entire
group to safely cross the road.
- Do not hold up following traffic: Ride single file on single-lane
and busy roads where motor vehicles are frequently coming past.
- On occasion, you must "take the lane" for your own safety. This
is both legal and practical (such as a narrowed construction
- Your ID and emergency Contact Info Should be on you for every
ride and easily accessible.
Cycling in the summer can be about casual riding, sprinting, spinning, big-ring hammerfests or what ever your chosen type of riding is. The BCC was founded for the sole purpose to network cyclists. It has grown into a successful club which accommodates Riders at almost all skill/fitness levels. Everyone should be able to participate and have fun at their respective levels.
Start time is 8:00am early season, 7:00am as days get longer. Route distances vary from 55-120km and several pace groups are available. Saturday morning rides focus on a social vibe.
Rides will start around sunrise. Rotating routes will focus on distances from 55-160km. Remote start rides outside the GTA.
Advanced Turbo Tuesdays
For this ride, advanced group riding and bike handling skills are required. You must also be aware of your limitations. Riding speed is 35kph+.
Starts at 5:40am. This ride includes Bayview, pottery rd, redway other local hills.