(Last updated - November 17, 2023)
Congratulations and thank you for being a member of the Jersey Shore Touring Society (JSTS).
JSTS is a cycling club whose primary focus is on social rather than competitive riding. We have rides for cyclists of all levels, from beginner to experienced, throughout Monmouth and Ocean County. We offer a full schedule of road rides throughout the year, as well as mountain bike and virtual (Zwift) rides during the autumn and winter. Our goal is to ride smart and safe.
Group riding offers benefits over riding alone, such as the ability to share effort, and of course, the opportunity for socialization. Group riding, though, also comes with additional responsibilities, as the safety of a group of riders depends on the actions of each rider.
In your role as a group rider, you are responsible for riding safely. This includes following the advice and instruction of the ride leader regarding the course or process to be followed, as well as following local traffic laws. It is NOT just listening to the safety speech before the ride.
HOWEVER, keep in mind that this should not dominate your ride – you are there to have FUN just like the rest of the group. ALSO, with very few exceptions, all the members of the club are ADULTS. Ultimately, they are responsible for their own actions. The key to a safe ride is CLEAR COMMUNICATION, between the leader and the group, as well as, among the members of the group.
When you’re on a ride and an accident or medical emergency occurs, teamwork is critical. The ride leader (or another individual, if the ride leader is unable) will direct the group as follows (depending on the group size, one person may need to do multiple tasks):
Have one person take charge of the victim (usually a leader).
DO NOT MOVE THE PERSON OR TAKE THEIR HELMET OFF UNTIL IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THEY ARE OKAY.
Have someone else direct traffic around the site until help arrives.
Have someone else get all cyclists off the road.
Have another person call 911 on a cell phone or flag down a passing car. If the accident occurred with a moving vehicle, call 911 immediately.
Ask someone to write down, or record using audio or video, the details of what happened, as it is easy to forget the details. Record the victim’s reactions, as this information could be critical to emergency personnel.
Have someone take photos of the accident including the bike, vehicle, location (such as street signs or house addresses), helmet and the injured rider.
When accidents occur, an accident report should be completed after the ride (for insurance purposes). The form is available on the club’s web site.
If it is determined that the rider cannot continue on the ride, ask for two (2) volunteers to stay with the rider. NEVER LEAVE A RIDER ALONE.
If the rider is deemed capable of continuing the ride, you may need to have two (2) other riders support the injured person to make it back to the start location safely.