The STBC Executive Committee has approved resumption of group rides following the Guidelines to Minimize Infectious Disease Spread described below.
Look for email communications from ride leaders announcing the rides, any maximum participant limits, and any other restrictions that may apply.
We look forward to seeing you out there and of course...PLEASE BE SAFE!
Sincerely, the STBC Executive Board of Directors
GUIDELINES TO MINIMIZE INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPREAD IN STBC GROUP RIDES
Each STBC ride or event will only occur at the discretion of the ride leader. The leader may also limit the number of participants for a ride. This will be communicated in advance by the the ride leader.
To reserve a spot on a ride, especially if there is a maximum limit on rider numbers, riders should notify the leader beforehand, preferably the evening before the ride or sooner.
Rider release/ waiver forms will only be for riders who are NOT current club members at the time of the ride. The release/ waiver notification agreed to at the time of club membership sign-up, suffices for current members. Handling of any release/ waiver forms will be in such a way as to minimize touching during exchange of items.
It will be the responsibility of each rider to monitor and check their own behaviors with respect to these guidelines, and to provide clear and respectful feedback to other riders if needed.
All riders are expected to try to maintain at least six feet distancing from other persons not from within their household. For example, when parking cars leave at least ten feet between vehicles to assure the six foot distancing while loading and unloading.
When following directly behind another cyclist try to maintain at least six to seven bicycle lengths between your bikes. This minimizes risk that you'll encounter any aerosol droplets emitted by the other cyclist should they be breathing hard, sneezing/ coughing or speaking loudly.
All riders are expected to carry and/or wear a cloth, disposable, or surgical face mask which can be quickly pulled into place over mouth and nose. This in case a situation arises while on or off-bike, where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Riders are encouraged to each carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer.
Sharing of water bottles, food, tools, bike parts (or other touch-intensive objects) is discouraged except in unforeseen situations where it becomes necessary.
Riders who are feeling less than fit and well at the time of the ride are encouraged to abstain from participating. Leaders feeling less than fit and well at the time of the ride are encouraged to cancel the ride. In either case no stated reason is needed.
When stopping, such as at rest stops or restaurants, local and establishment rules for physical distancing must be followed.
STBC Ride / Event Calendar
Come ride with us!
Southern Tier Bicycle Club Inc (STBC) is a non-profit recreational bicycling club in Binghamton New York with over 400 members ranging in age from 13 to over 80 years old. Our club was founded in 1969, and it promotes and encourages safe, enjoyable bicycling activities by offering rides of varying distance, speed, and terrain most days of the week.
We offer on-road recreational rides, off-road mountain biking, and multi-day tours. We love to cycle and keep company together, and often stop along the way for a bite to eat!
STBC publishes three newsletter ride schedules per year, and is open to anyone interested in cycling from a beginning cyclist up to an expert. STBC membership is required to participate in all club rides and events.
The club requires the use of an approved helmet and the observance of all traffic laws while participating in club rides. All riders must sign a release and waiver of liability form for bicycling before participating in club rides.