Club Rules and Safety

Cycle Seahaven (CSH) is affiliated to Cycling UK (formerly CTC), and as such complies with Cycling UK’s documentation and policies.

Membership

Riders must hold a current membership or be classed as a Guest.

All Youth members under the age of 18 years old must have a signed Parental Consent Form held with the Membership Secretary. Youth members aged 13 to 17 can ride unaccompanied. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian/adult acting in loco parentis, and there is no lower age limit.

Young persons aged 16 – 17 living as an independent adult (away from their parent/guardian) may ride with CSH without a parental consent form and unaccompanied if they can provide evidence such as a rent book with their name and address, or a National Student Union Membership card.

Guests must complete an online Registration Form before each ride and Youth Guests must also have a signed Parental Consent Form held with the Membership Secretary. All Youth Guests need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian/adult acting in loco parentis. .

Guests may participate in three Club Rides only before obtaining Cycle Seahaven Membership. Only TEN Guests may join any Club Ride, but this rule does not apply to Club Events.

Club Rides

Member/Guest Riders have a duty of care to familiarise themselves with club rules, and follow statutory highway laws. The Club welcomes e-bikes that conform to present legislation.

The Club Calendar provides ride details and pre-registering offers opportunity to discuss further needs such as a chaperone. The Ride Leaders are there to assist and ensure safety so please voice any questions/concerns.

CSH recommend high visibility clothing and suitable eye protection. The wearing of helmets is mandatory.

Ride Leaders will offer a pre-ride briefing. Riders must accept a Ride Leaders commands/codes/safety guidance, for example when to ride single file, codes that alert potential hazards ahead, and decisions such as shortening a ride due to weather/light concerns. All riders are expected to ride at the advertised ride pace.

Ride Leaders may employ additional Ride Leader/Assistant if rider numbers are deemed to be high, and retain the right to refuse anyone on a ride or during an event.

Cyclist’s Highway Code Guidance can be viewed HERE.

E-bike regulations can be viewed HERE

Bike Safety, Breakdowns and Incidents

Club Riders must ride a bike that is in a safe and roadworthy condition. Guidance may be sort at Dr Bike’s surgeries, further info HERE.

CSH suggest accomplished Riders carry a minimum toolkit including at least one spare inner tube, and will help others in event of breakdown but this must not be relied upon. It is a rider’s responsibility to have in place their own recovery arrangements should they be unable to complete a ride for any reason.

Should there be an incident, please report immediately to the Ride Leader and if required help/support the Ride Leader who might administer First Aid/complete an Incident Form when appropriate. CSH will have collected your details pre-ride but it is advisable to also have about your person an ICE (in case of emergency) next-of-kin details.

Insurance

The Club and Committee accept no responsibility for personal injury or loss/damage to personal property not arising as a result of CSH’s own act or default.

As an affiliated club of Cycling UK, Cycle Seahaven officials benefit from third party liability insurance. CSH members can also obtain this type of insurance by joining groups such as Cycling UK or British Cycling, or you may be covered by your own household insurance policy.