Good news people, as we see lockdown rules easing, we are in a position to undertake group rides again.
We expect there will be a number of people raring to go on these, so we have agreed on the following approach to allow this to happen. This is following a review of the risks and is in line with current guidance being issued to sports clubs in Scotland
- Do not come to a group ride if you have any symptoms which could be related to COVID-19
- 2m physical distancing should be in place outside of the ride
- The ride must leave at the time stated to limit unnecessary congregation time
- Current guidance states a maximum of 30 riders in a group applies however in line with our normal approach to group rides, and to minimise risks, we would suggest a maximum group size of 8-10 individuals.
- If more than 8-10 individuals turn up it is suggested to split the ride into suitably sized groups whilst avoiding contact between groups at the start, finish and during the ride. Ideally, start and finish times should be staggered to facilitate this.
- A ride co-ordinator must be allocated for each activity. This will be the first person to post up the activity. As such please familiarise yourself with the requirements and be prepared to take responsibility when organising any activity. The key necessity is to ensure you have the names and contact details of those people on the ride.
- When planning a route avoid pinch points like known fallen trees or gates where riders may congregate. On routes which do involve gates, the first person to arrive at it should open it and let everyone through before joining the back of the group.
- Avoid frequent stops where possible and if required to stop then ensure this is in an open space where physical distancing can be maintained.
- The clubhouse remains unavailable after rides so there will be no bike washing facilities for the time being
- It remains more important than usual to be self-sufficient. This means a well maintained bike, lights, and all the tools, clothes and spares you are likely to need, and being prepared to find a way of getting home independently in all but the most unlikely of circumstances.
– Have fun!
Your GMBC Committee