ERC is concerned for members' safety and that of other road users and expects members to ride responsibly. Every rider is responsible for their own safety whilst out on any club run, and is expected to contribute to keep the ride safe for all. From time to time crashes occur and often these are on chain-gangs. The committee also receive complaints from motorists & pedestrians about dangerous riding and we would like to remove grounds for such complaints.
ERC wants to instil a safety-culture both in our member and in those we ride alongside. We remind cyclists that they have rights and responsibilities as legitimate road users.
There were 115 fatalities and 2,450 serious injuries suffered by cyclists in 2008 with an unknown number falling onto the tarmac. A cyclist is a vulnerable road user and will invariably come off worse as a result of an incident with a car.
Crashes do not happen by accident. They are often the result of several conditions coming together at one time. Inattention, poor maintenance, fatigue, road conditions as well as inappropriate behaviours can all be contributory factors.
When riding in a group (often at the limit of your capabilities) you bear an onus of responsibility both to fellow group riders and to other road users. The chain-gang is often where safety concerns are at their greatest.
ERC wishes you safe and happy riding
The Highway Code has specific sections for cyclists
From BC; Wise Words - Cycling and Safety
Think! Road Safety Cycling
Tips from Down Under (We're sorry, we can't provide their weather)
SCC also has a 32 page manual of etiquette
Check the Edinburgh RC forums to read the latest event reports and find out what club members are talking about.