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Tips on Organizing a Local Cycling Club??(3 posts)

Tips on Organizing a Local Cycling Club??spc15
Jun 29, 2003 6:04 AM
Over the past couple of years a group of friends and myself have been organizing regular rides in our town. Our group has grown in size considerably as well as ranges in abilities.

We are currently considering taking the next step in organization here; this being a cycling club in our town/area.

Having never done this before I wanted to see if anyone had any prior experience or could lend some advice to us.

Right now we have weekly and daily rides that happen with groups splitting up into varying abilities....

Some other questions we have are:

-Should we charge club fees?(to support web site, etc.)
-How about getting local shops/businesses involved?
-Is organizing Century Rides/ races worth it? Advice here helpful
-Any other activities we should consider?( we would plan on going to community events to get more people introduced to this ggreat sport/activity)
-Should we have a bank account?
-Any hidden costs to running a club?

Any other bits of advice/help anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

SPC
re: Tips on Organizing a Local Cycling Club??filtersweep
Jun 29, 2003 9:25 AM
The club I belong to is non-profit. I believe it costs $20/single, $30/household. Rides are free for members, $2 for non-members. Everyone must sign a waiver annually. All members are eligible to vote for the board members. There is some sort of insurance for injuries that occur during scheduled rides. Most shops offer 10% cycling accessories to club members. Rides often start at various LBSes, which brings business to the shops. You will need a bank account if you are non-profit and charge a membership fee.

You'd probably be better off organizing one supported ride annually, since they are a ton of work- usually something with a few options, like 25-30 miles, a metric, and a full century where they have the same start point, but people can choose their distance. You might start small, but within a few years you will have thousands of riders attending (and at $20-30 per person, you'll have a bit of a budget eventually). Races probably will have more of a limited appeal.

As for community involvement, maybe general cyclist advocacy, like bike lanes, commuter trails, etc... that is what I know from hanging with a board member of a local club...
re: Tips on Organizing a Local Cycling Club??spc15
Jun 30, 2003 3:53 AM
Thanks for the tips! This provides some good food for thought.

SPC