Slow Roll WSTR

slow roll wstr

Slow Roll is a global movement of social justice cyclists, connecting a diverse group of people across lines of race, income, ethnicity, and neighborhood, transforming lives and improving the condition of communities. We do this by organizing bicycle rides and advocating for bicycle equity. We envision bicycles as a form of economical, effective, and empowering transportation, reducing violence, improving health and well-being, creating jobs, making our neighborhoods more livable, and providing an alternative to car culture.

Founded in Detroit, other Slow Roll cities include Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Berlin, and Stockholm. Everywhere it goes, Slow Roll serves as a grassroots engine for democracy and community building. Our rides engender civic participation and cultural vibrancy. Slow Roll improves the quality of life for cyclists but reaches out far beyond the riders and touches every community in the city.

Worcester Earn-A-Bike is bringing Slow Roll to Worcester. The second Saturday of every month, Worcesterites from all backgrounds will congregate and ride together, making friends, building bonds, and exploring our city together.

Rider Code of Conduct

RESPECT for the community and SAFETY are paramount. If we cannot be respectful and safe, we can’t Slow Roll, simple as that. These basic rules will accomplish our goals and maintain a positive impression of not only Slow Roll, but of cycling as a whole. Make sure you’re following the Code of Conduct at all times and helping to educate new riders. You’ll have the full support of the SQUAD behind you, but it’s up to each of us to be responsible for ourselves and each other.

Squad

The SQUAD, in yellow shirts, design each Slow Roll route, direct traffic, and lead the ride. The Squad make sure that the route is appropriate for Slow Roll, that riders are safe, and that any accidents, or mechanical issues are handled effectively and with care. Worcester youth take a leadership role with the Squad, trained in bicycle safety and repair for this environment and taking creative control over Slow Roll Worcester. Listen to the Squad at all times.


Come Prepared// // Make sure your bike is in good working order before coming to the meeting location. Bring plenty of water, a spare tube for flats, your helmet, and a light kit. The Squad is there if you need them, but you should come as prepared as possible.
Stay Right // always leave the left lane open for cars and the Squad
Communicate // familiarize yourself with and use hand and verbal signals to communicate with other riders. Shout out turns, stops, passing, debris or obstructions, and anything else that will keep the group safe.
Stay Alert & Be Aware // Its important to pay attention to what’s going on around you. You’re biking with others over a changing terrain. Make sure you’re conscious of everyone and everything around you to keep yourself and others safe.

Stick Together // if you see a gap forming, ride a little faster to keep the group together. Wide gaps in the ride may leave room for cars to break the pack, a potentially dangerous situation.
Roll Slow // We call it Slow Roll for a reason! Stay behind the leader at all times. Do not weave in and out of other riders or speed past each other. If you want to ride fast, join the Squad and try to keep up.
Respect the Trick Zone // Want to do tricks? Stick to the square in the front of the ride demarcated by the Squad. We like tricks as much as you do but need to keep the main ride safe for everyone
Respect other riders // Please don’t do tricks in the crowd, pop wheelies, jump curbs or try to show off. We don’t care how good you are, in a large group accidents can and will happen.

Don’t Litter // Littering is not acceptable. Show respect for our city – let’s make it better, not worse.
Share the Road // If we want motorists to respect us, we must lead by example by respecting them as well. Before and after the ride, be sure to keep the road clear. Always leave a lane open while riding and when you hear “car back” be sure to move as far to the right as possible to allow traffic to pass safely. When coming to a stop, do not ride past those stopping in front of you – stay in line.
Make Friends and Have Fun // Meet people and get involved. Slow Roll strengthens our community by bringing people together.

Play Music Respectfully // keep your music at a reasonable volume and make sure that communication between riders can be maintained. Feel free to make requests of the DJ, but we’ll play the ‘clean’ version.
Encourage positivity // our goal is to bring people together. Biking is nearly as universal as smiling, offering a great way to bring our city together. We’re here to do something good – negative or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated.

Ride waiver

View the ride waiver below Click E-Sign to register

E-sign

Slow Roll Worcester’s RELEASE, WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK:

I acknowledge and freely participate in community bicycle rides on open road, hosted by Slow Roll Worcester. I choose to participate in Slow Roll Worcester rides and I cycle at my own risk. I understand the risks inherent in cycling on open roads including, without limitation, the risks of collision with motor vehicles, other cyclists, pedestrians and animals, and the risks of uneven or damaged pavement and sidewalks. I understand that the Slow Roll Worcester rides may take place in darkness and there are risks inherent in riding after dark. I agree to assume the full responsibility for all risk of bodily injury, death, disability, and property damage as a result of participating in Slow Roll Worcester community bicycle rides. I understand that I am responsible for the maintenance and roadworthiness of my bicycle, including assuring that it is equipped with lights and other appropriate safety devices and that I am responsible for wearing a helmet. Aware of these risks, I hereby assume the risk of participating in the Slow Roll Worcester rides, and release and forever discharge the “Released Parties” for all claims of any kind that I may have or later accrue because of my participation in the Slow Roll Worcester rides INCLUDING CLAIMS ARISING FROM THE RELEASED PARTIES’ OWN NEGLIGENCE.

The Release Parties include 1) Slow Roll Worcester and its respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents, volunteers or sponsors, 2) the City of Worcester and its authorities and commissions, and each of their respective elected officials, members, employees, agents or sponsors, 3) the Worcester Park District and its authorities and commissions, and each of their respective elected officials, members, employees, agents or sponsors, 4) and each of the respective landowners and operators of lands, public and private, on which the event will take place, and each of their respective members, officers, elected officials, directors, shareholders, employees, agents or sponsors.

I execute this release, waiver and assumption of risk on behalf of myself and my heirs, executors, legal representatives, successors and assigns. I waive all claims released by this agreement, and promise not bring nor permit others to bring any such claims on my behalf, and agree to indemnify all of the parties released hereby against their respective costs of defending any such claims, including reasonable attorney fees. I currently have no medical condition, physical or mental, that would impair my capacity to participate in cycling or the Slow Roll Worcester rides. I am at least 18 years old as of the date hereof. If any portion of this Release, Waiver, and Assumption of Risk should be held unenforceable for any reason, the remainder shall remain in full force and effect. Without limiting the waiver of claims set forth above, should any claim or action be brought by me or on my behalf I agree that such claim or action shall be brought within 120 days of accrual or be time barred, and that in any such action I waive any right to trial by jury. This Release, Waiver, and Assumption of Risk shall be governed by the laws of the State of Massachusetts. I hereby grant to Slow Roll Worcester, and it assigns a global license to use photographs, videotape or other media of me participating in Slow Roll Worcester. By signing this waiver, I confirm that I have read, understand, and consent to the terms of this waiver agreement.