Being a member of a cycling club or an association is one of the best ways to ensure you stick to your cycling routine to help you achieve whatever goals you have set up for yourself. Whether it is your local group made up of a few friends with common interests or a racing team, such groups have road rules to ensure every member reads from the script.
These rules are usually uploaded on the group’s website for review and to ease accessibility by any new members. If you are thinking of joining a local cycling association, here are some etiquette guidelines most associations demand of their members.
Wearing the Team’s Kit
For you to be identified as a member of the group, one of the requirements is acquiring the team’s kit, which is proof of pride in being part of such a team. Wearing the team’s outfit promotes visibility during cycling events which also improves safety.
Understanding the Purpose
You can’t be part of a group whose purpose you don’t understand. Seek out what the group’s agenda is before joining. In most cases, such associations have short and long term goals, understand everything about the group you are interested in before signing up. You don’t want to feel left out or losing out after you have already joined.
Understand Traffic Laws
You don’t want to be caught on the wrong side of the law. Most associations have their own rules when it comes to road use. Go through the guidelines with a fine toothcomb and ensure every detail is clear. Upholding traffic laws is crucial as it impacts upon the group’s reputation; this also helps in maintaining good relations with the community.
Before joining a committee or an association, understand their rules and goals and pick whichever meets with your expectations.