Racer Resource

Safety Guidelines

Safety of our riders, volunteers and individuals who may interact with club members is very important. Please take the time to read this page and understand your responsibilities as a rider and as a marshal.

Rider Commandments:

  1. Do NOT cross the center line.
  2. Do NOT cross the center line.
  3. Obey all traffic laws at any intersection not attended by a marshal.
  4. Be predictable in the group. Do not change speed or direction suddenly unless absolutely necessary.
  5. If you are involved in an accident, you must notify an officer of the club.
  6. Wear a helmet.
  7. Be aware that roads are NOT closed and traffic will not be stopped for riders.
  8. Be aware of which marshal has a first aid kit.
  9. Do not litter.
  10. Respect your peers including club officers, marshals and other riders. If a marshal signals you to STOP then you must stop. Failure to do so will lead to disqualification and possibly suspension.

Marshal Commandments:

  1. Do NOT stop traffic. You must stop riders. If you are not sure if riders will make it through the intersection in time, you MUST signal riders to stop.
  2. Wear a reflective vest and carry a flag.
  3. Hold the flag fully open and high to signal riders to stop. Shouting “STOP!” is recommended.
  4. Wave the flag at waist level to signal riders that the road is clear for riders to make the turn.
  5. Bring a cell phone in case of emergency. Do not become distracted using your phone.
  6. Review the Safety Guidelines and know which marshal is in possession of the first aid kit
  7. Do NOT stand in traffic lane. Stand in a location where all possible paths for traffic and riders are visible.
  8. Do NOT park vehicle where it may obstruct riders view or vehicles’ view of intersection. Do not sit in your vehicle during training event.
  9. Know the details of the event and make sure you stay at your location for entire event.
  10. Be SAFE, help keep riders SAFE, make good choices with SAFETY as your number 1 priority.

Riders with a medical condition:

It is strongly recommended that any rider with a medical condition (diabetes, epilepsy, heart condition, allergies etc) wear some kind of medical bracelet or necklace.

In Case of an accident or medical emergency:

  1. Stop and ensure the scene is safe from traffic and other riders. One marshal should take responsibility for the scene. If possible, quickly delegate responsibility as follows: one person to each injured rider, one to direct traffic away, one to clear the road of equipment, one to prepare to call 911. Discourage crowding around the injured.
  2. Do not hesitate to call 911 ASAP if necessary. If possible, someone who saw the accident should speak to the operator. The operator will guide you through the next steps.
  3. Do not reposition an injured person unless absolutely necessary. If safe, encourage fallen riders to stay calm and remain down where they have fallen in order to assess their injuries.Is the rider breathing normally? Can they speak? If there is no sign of breathing consider CPR.Did the rider injure their head or neck, are they unconscious or behaving strangely? If so, there may have been a head injury. Do not remove the helmet, rather gently support their head and neck. One easy way to do this is to lie on your belly facing the rider, with your forearms cradling their head.Is there brisk bleeding? Immediately apply firm pressure with one hand over the wound, do not create a tourniquet.Have they broken bones? Ask, look and gently feel for any deformities.
  4. Notify all other marshals on course. Contact a club officer, or member with first aid certification. Marshals will have a list of names and a copy of these guidelines.
  5. Locate First aid kit
  6. If safe to do so, have a marshal drive to scene with first aid kit.
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The Genesee Valley Cycling Club is affiliated with the United States Cycling Federation and USA Cycling. We are dedicated to the promotion and development of road racing in Rochester, NY