Risk Assessment

Sosban Riders Risk Assessment Introduction

Firstly, thank you very much for taking the time to read this document.

It goes without saying that looking out for one and other is very important and lies central to the ethos of Sosban Riders. ‘We never leave a rider behind’ is a positive statement of what the Club is about. Some of the things contained in this document are things that we already do or what you would consider to be common sense. There will be things as well that you may never have considered. In order to comply with the requirements of the club’s insurance with British Cycling all of these things have to be formalised into what is known as a ‘Risk Assessment’.

A Risk Assessment is an important step in protecting both our members and our Club as a whole. Every time we ride our bikes we are exposing ourselves to various risks and the Risk Assessment helps us to focus our minds on these risks and hopefully help to reduce them.

As previously stated the club is required to have in place a Risk Assessment in order to manage and hopefully reduce or even eliminate the risks. It is not expected that the club eliminates all risk, but we are required to protect people as far as is ‘reasonably practicable’.

What is Risk Assessment?

HAZARD = something with the potential to cause harm

RISK = the chance, great or small, of coming into contact with that hazard

This Risk Assessment is a careful examination of what, in our sport, presents a hazard and could cause harm to people. Once a hazard has been identified it is then a matter of assessing what the risk is in relation to that hazard. A grid system is then used to combine the two and give a graded level of risk LOW, MEDIUM, HIGH.

When that has been done the next stage is to think of ways to reduce / eliminate that risk. These are the control measures. Once the control measures have been implemented you are then left with the residual risk (or the risk could have been completely eliminated). The Risk Assessment can then be reviewed on a regular basis to assess a number of things e.g. are the existing control measures working, have any new hazards been identified, have any existing hazards been eliminated.

Duties of Care

As a Committee Member and/or Ride Captain, you have accepted the responsibility of leading others. You owe them a duty of care to ensure that they are not exposed to a foreseeable risk of injury, as far as you reasonably can. If you accept a position, you are likely to agree to carry out certain functions, which may affect the safety of others both inside and outside the club. You are accepting responsibility and you must fulfil those duties to the best of your ability without negligence. That is, you must not create a foreseeable risk of injury and you must take reasonable steps to deal with any foreseeable risk of injury, which exists or arises.

For example:

• If you are a Committee Member, you must implement, discharge, communicate and review the clubs safety policy, risk assessments, training requirements etc.

• If you are a Ride Captain, you have agreed to lead a ride and you must take reasonable measures to see that the ride is as safe as it can be.

It is also important to note that individual Members of the club have a duty of care not only to themselves but to members of the public and to the persons with whom they are riding. i.e. The duty of care requires you to consider the consequences of your acts and omissions and to ensure that those acts and/or omissions do not give rise to a foreseeable risk of injury to any other person.

In summary

Reading this you may be thinking ‘this is scary I am never going out on my bike again’. However, as stated earlier, most of this is common sense and is action that we already undertake. The key word in all of this is REASONABLE.  Clearly, one is not expected to guarantee the safety of others, merely to act reasonably.

Importantly, please respect the Ride Captains. Without them, club rides would not be possible. Listen to the briefings, pay attention whilst on the road and feel free to contribute to the end of ride debrief.

Please read on and make yourself familiar with the contents of this document.

If you have any questions/comments/ideas do not hesitate to contact a member of the Sosban Riders committee or a nominated club official.

All riders are reminded that they are responsible for their own safety, individuals take part in any group activities at their own risk. We strongly urge all riders to obtain appropriate 3rd party insurance as a minimum.

It should be noted that no liability shall be attached to Sosban Riders (including its officials and members) for any injury, loss or damage suffered.

(The rest of our Risk Assessment document is available as a paper copy  upon request and will be available online by the end of March)

 

 

 

 

Club Rides Guide

  1. Have fun: Above all, it's meant to be fun! Our rides are about getting out on the bike and enjoying yourself in the company of others.
  2. Be Safe: You're responsible for your own safety but please think of others. If you see an obstacle ahead like a pothole, then warn the others with a shout or hand signal. Likewise, if you're on the back of the group and notice traffic building up, shout for the ride to fall into single file.
  3. Your bike and you: Make sure your bike is in good working order and come prepared with spares such as an inner tube, tyre levers and a multitool. Make sure you're feeling good before coming out and always remember to have contact details with you and a small amount of money and some emergency food for if you get hungry.
  4. Keep together: You'll get fit riding with the club regularly. If you want a harder ride, organise a separate one with club members - the rule is that we always wait for people to catch up if they get dropped.
  5. Be close on the road: Try to get used to riding close behind the person in front, it's the best place to keep out of the wind, but remember try not to overlap wheels with the rider in front. Also don't feel you have to ride on the front of the group, you'll find it much more difficult than sheltering behind someone until you build your fitness.
  6. Look out for each other: On the road shout out if you see something that may be dangerous - traffic, animals or poor road conditions. On the trail always keep an eye out for fellow riders especially through technical sections. If someone is dropped always check where they are and wait.
  7. Follow the Highway code: Follow the highway code at all times on the road. Don't ride more than two abreast, always look over your shoulder before moving position. Stop for traffic lights and be courteous towards other road users.
  8. Speak up: If you're finding the pace difficult please let the group know, so that they drop the speed, the same if you have some kind of mechanical problem.
  9. Join us: We especially welcome new members on the club runs and if, after one or two rides, you like the group please become a member, you can join here.

 Note: at present juniors (under 18's) can only join our rides and runs if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

These points are intended as a guide, it's all about being sensible and aware whilst riding. 

 

We strongly recommend that all riders wear a correctly fitted hard shell helmet conforming to a recognised safety standard on our club runs and rides. 

All riders are reminded that they are responsible for their own safety, individuals take part in any group activities at their own risk. We strongly urge all riders to obtain appropriate 3rd party insurance as a minimum.

It should be noted that no liability shall be attached to Sosban Riders (including its officials and members) for any injury, loss or damage suffered.

Please download and make yourself familiar with the Rides Risk Assessment (click on this ***  Risk Assessment *** Information) which provides useful guidance on group riding.

We strongly urge all Club Members to take advantage of CTC 3rd Party insurance or make similar insurance arrangements, for instance via British Cycling.

 

Our Sessions

Kids - Go Ride Sessions - Every Saturday Morning.

Every Saturday morning there is a kids Go Ride coached session for children aged 3 upwards.  

Session starts at 10:00 am and finishes 11:20am  - Llangennech Primary School, Llanelli.  

 

 

The Saturday Morning Ladies Cycle  Ride

Every Saturday morning there is a ride for females only - new riders and novices - 1 hour maximum on a set route. Noone is left behind.   If you have kids,  drop the kids off at the kids Go Ride session, then head off for a relaxed 1 hour cycle ride.

Every Saturday morning at 10:00am from Llangennech Primary School.  This is not a coaches session but there are proactive mums on the ride who can support and inspire new riders, leading the way around.

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions which (hopefully) should give you everything you need to know about the club, if not contact us directly.

Where is the club based?

We're based in Llanelli, South West Wales with a focus on the whole of South West Wales area

What sorts of cycling do you do?

We are a childrens Go Ride club first and foremost with adult membership and activities.  We cover all disciplines of the sport including mountain biking, time trial, road racing, track racing, sportive and leisure pursuits.

How much are your club fees?

The fees for 2013 (from September 2012 to September) are just £20 for seniors and free for juniors.

Do I have to be a member to come along on a ride?

We welcome all potential new members, so please feel free to come along as it's a good way to find out more about Sosban Riders. If you like it, join the club after a few rides.

I want to get into cycling but I'm a bit rusty!

Don't worry, we've got members of all abilities and we encourage everyone to take part. We never leave anyone behind on a ride and all take care of each other.

I'm a bit scared of riding on the road...

The road can be a scary place at times, but with a bit of help from other riders, your confidence will soon grow. On our club runs we try to avoid the main roads at busy times and stick to quieter routes / cycle paths and local trails.

Do I need all the gear?

Your bike doesn't have to be fancy, just reliable and safe. Once you've decided what sort of riding you like you can then decide what to upgrade to. It's always a good idea to ask around other club members for advice on what to spend your money on and sometimes have good quality used stuff for sale.

I'm under 18, can I join?

You can but you'll need your parent or guardian to sign your membership form. In addition, a parent or guardian will need to join the club and accompany you on all club rides, runs and meetings.

What about insurance?

We strongly recommend that you take out appropriate third party insurance such as the CTC insurance or you can get discounted British Cycling membership (which includes insurance) as a club member.

 

 

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