Ride Ambassador Program
The ride ambassador’s role is to ensure everyone feels welcome before, during, and after the ride. You do not need to be in the A group. In fact, expect to act as a “mid-sweep” and fall back to wait up for anyone who got dropped. Our goal is to avoid anyone from having to ride alone unless they choose it.
- Arrive at least 10 minutes before departure time
- As people arrive, make an effort to greet each person individually
- have everyone sign in on the check-in form.
- ask guests to provide email address. welcome them but make sure they know they must join before they ride with the club again.
- introduce guests to a regular. Point out a commonality if you know of one.
- politely and diplomatically inform 2nd time guests that they can meet us back here after the ride, but insurance won’t allow them to ride with the rest of the group.
- No helmet, no ride, no exceptions.
- Ask for someone to act as final sweep. Make sure someone in Group A knows the route.
- At ride departure time: Introduce yourself, thank guests for checking us out
- Explain route (major turns and roads, total mileage)
- Explain shorter option
- Group A keeps a 16-18 mph average pace and doesn’t stop to wait.
- If you get dropped by Group A, you can hang out at the next major intersection and re-goup with the next cluster of riders.
- Sweep will ride with Group B or anyone choosing a slower pace.
- Give safety speech
- Foot down at stop signs and red lights. Follow rules of the road.
Signal and communicate with each other and other users of the roads and bike paths
- Be courteous
- (Give examples of hand signals)
Keep it under 15 mph on the bike paths. Use the bike paths as warm up/cool down. You are welcome to go all out once we get onto the road.
- This also gives people a chance to get up near the front if they want to ride with the A group.
- Single file in bike lanes (two abreast is ok on road if not impeding traffic)
If we end up with in a paceline
- Not a race
- take short pulls up front (0.5- 1 mile) then signal the rider behind you
- keep right and let the line pass you on your left
- new leader needs to maintain the same pace, don’t race off
- Keep a full wheel or more back from the rider behind you
- Don’t “attack” and jump out from the middle of the line and race to the front
- No pacelines on bike paths
After the Ride
- Thank riders, especially guests, and ask if they had a good time.
- Make sure everyone knows they are welcome to stay and hang out even if they choose to not buy anything.
- You do not need to stay after the ride.
- Within 48 hours of the ride, please email all guests using the following template:
Volunteer Ride Ambassadors Needed
Downloads for safety speech, sign-in sheet, and maps will be added soon.