Fresno Cycling Club

Promoting safe and lawful bicycle riding for recreation and transportation


Membership Agreement

By signing up as a member of the Fresno Cycling Club, you acknowledge and agree to the following:

RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY, ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND INDEMNITY

In consideration of being permitted to participate in any way in Fresno Cycling Club (“Club”) sponsored activities (‘Activity”), I, for myself, and for my personal representatives, assigns, heirs and next of kin: (1) Acknowledge, agree and represent that Interest and the nature of cycling Activity and that I am qualified to participate in such Activity. I further acknowledge that the Activity will be conducted over public roads and byways open to the public during the Activity and upon which hazards of traveling are to be expected. I further agree and warrant that if at any time I believe conditions to be unsafe, I will immediately discontinue further participation in the activity. (2) FULLY UNDERSTAND that: (a) BICYCLING ACTIVITIES INVOLVE RISK AND DANGER OF SERIOUS BODILY INJURY, INCLUDING PERMANENT DISABILITY, PARALYSIS AND DEATH (“risks”); (b) these Risks and dangers may be caused by my own actions or inactions, the actions or inactions of others participating in the Activity, the condition in which the Activity takes place, or the negligence of the “ RELEASES” NAMED ABOVE; (c) there may be OTHER RISKS AND SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC LOSSES either known or unknown to me or not readily foreseeable at this time; and I FULLY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSSES, COSTS AND DAMAGES I incur as a result of my participation in the Activity. (3) HEREBY RELEASE, DISCHARGE, COVENANT NOT TO SUE AND AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the Club, the League of American Bicyclists, their respective administrators, directors, agents and employees, other participants, any sponsors, advertisers and if applicable, owners and lessees of premises on which the Activity takes place (each considered one of the Releases herein) FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, LOSSES OR DAMAGES ON MY ACCOUNT CAUSED OR ALLEGED TO BE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE “RELEASES” OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING NEGLIGENT RESCUE OPERATIONS. I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I AM GIVING UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT AND HAVE SIGNED IT FREELY AND WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT OR ASSURANCE OF ANY NATURE AND INTEND IT TO BE A COMPLETE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL LIABILITY TO THE GREATEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, AND AGREE THAT IF ANY PORTION OF THIS AGREEMENT IS INVALID, THE BALANCE NOTWITHSTANDING SHALL CONTINUE TO BE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT.

BICYCLIST CODE OF CONDUCT

Safety

As a member in good standing I will:

  • Have a bicycle in good working condition including functioning brakes.
  • Wear a helmet whenever riding.
  • Obey all applicable California Statutes including stopping at stop signs and red lights and use approved hand signals for turns, slowing and stopping.
  • Ride predictably, not erratic.
  • Call out road hazards and other dangers to other cyclists in the group.
  • Call out and pass another cyclist on the left side, only when clear to do so.
  • Not cross or overlap wheels with another cyclist unless passing.
  • Not ride under the influence of any substance that impairs your abilities.
  • Heed the ride leader’s instructions.

Courtesy

  • As a member in good standing I will:
  • Recognize that as a participant in club activities that I represent the Fresno Cycling Club to other cyclists, government officials and the general public.
  • Avoid confrontation with motorists, other cyclists or pedestrians even if they are in the wrong.

Good sportsmanship

  • As a member in good standing I will:
  • Respect other cyclists even if they are not Fresno Cycling Club members.
  • Refrain from the use of foul language, obscene gestures, physical or verbal abuse or malicious actions towards any person and/or any lewd behavior.

This code cannot comprehensively address all possible scenarios. Rather it should function as a standard of behaviors implemented along with common sense and the principle of what a reasonable person would do in a similar situation. It is the intent of the Fresno Cycling Club to promote good will and safety for all.

FCC - P.O. Box 27571, Fresno, CA 93729-7571

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