Posted 3rd September 2020

[Updated 23 October 2020]

We are delighted to confirm that Hedon Fitmums and Friends Cycle Squad is open.

Following the feedback you gave us in the club survey and the work done by our delivery group and the central team, we feel we can open safely and in a way that complies with current national guidance and with guidance provided by British Cycling, our governing body.

While we are excited to be restarting club sessions, you will understand that we have had to make some changes to how we normally organise a club session. We therefore ask you to read the information below carefully before attending a club session – it is intended to keep you safe.

You may also find our reopening FAQs helpful here.

We hope our approach reassures you as to the safety measures we have in place to protect our members, volunteers and local community at this time. Of course, we are relying on every member’s cooperation to ensure that we stay safe and open.

Although we are restarting club sessions, we know that not all of our members are ready to return just yet, and we totally understand. Just know that we will be ready and waiting to welcome you back when the time is right for you. In the meantime, our range of virtual activity sessions continues to help you stay active from home. And do stay in touch with us via social media.

Please read the following information carefully before coming to club. It is split into two sections: the first explains how sessions are now organised, and the second runs through what you need to know and do before coming to a session. Thank you.

How are sessions organised now?

While we cannot organise sessions as we used to, we are aiming to offer as much flexibility and variety as possible in order to accommodate all of you who want to return to club sessions.

In order to do this fairly and in compliance with current restrictions on the number of people who may exercise together, we are operating a booking system via a private Facebook group. Each Thursday, we post the next week's ride in this Facebook group and invite all members to book on if they would like to. We offer one group ride a week for a group of six. To book a place, please accept the invite as 'Going'; you can also reply as 'Maybe' until you can confirm. Booking will close at 6pm the following Monday. If unfortunately you do not get a place that week, you will be prioritised the following week.

We are meeting at the car park adjacent to the old Hedon Railway Station on B1240 Preston Rd. We have no access to toilets or any other indoor facilities.

Our rides meet at 18.30 for an 18.45 start. Please arrive on time. On arrival, please go and meet your leader and sign in using Mumbot – please remember to bring your code for scanning.

We want all of our members to feel safe at club sessions. For this reason, please make sure that you social distance and follow all other guidelines throughout the session. If a leader, or another member, needs to remind you about maintaining social distancing, please do not be upset by this – it is intended to protect you and your fellow members.

As always, the leader will begin the session with the checklist chat. Please listen carefully as the checklist chat now also includes important COVID-19 messages. So that you can familiarise yourself with these before your first session, please read the new checklist chat here.

Please listen to your leader throughout the ride. To maintain social distancing, he/she may organise the group by pace before setting off; and may need to give more and firmer directions and instructions on route. These may be spoken or hand signals – which are demonstrated here.

When riding, please maintain a face-to-face distance from your fellow cyclists of at least 1m. This means we will ride single file only.

We must also maintain a social distance from any pedestrians we encounter when we stop, for example at café stops or in the case of a puncture or mechanical problem. It is our responsibility to move out of their way.

After the session, please go home promptly. We know you will want to stay and chat, but it is important that we don’t have large groups congregating – for your safety and so that our club can stay open. Instead, check back in on our Facebook page for all the feel-good photos once you get home.

What else do I need to know before I come back to club?

Just a couple of things:

  • Keeping our members as safe as possible and keeping our club open requires every one of our members to comply with current guidance. To that end, we are asking all of our members to agree to our COVID-19 Code of Conduct. Please read this carefully here before attending a club session. By attending a club session, you will be agreeing to abide by this code of conduct.
  • Please bring and carry a face covering with you. You will not need to wear it while riding. But if one of the group has a minor accident and needs help to get back to base, we will wear our face coverings so that we can give and receive help. Again, this is to protect you and your fellow members.
  • Please ensure your emergency contact details are up-to-date in Mumbot.
  • Please plan to look after your own belongings, including car keys – there will be no key bucket available.
  • And finally, feel free to wear your Fitmums and Friends kit to club sessions!

Fitmums & Friends kit on field
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