Saturday Start Locations – Back in 2020 the club made a decision to spread ourselves out in the carpark on a Saturday morning, to make social distancing a bit easier. With things slowly returning to near normal (capacity crowd at Optus Stadium anyone?) activity and traffic in the Coode Street car park is picking up and there we are less likely to attract criticism for gathering together.

For those reasons the Committee has decided to return to a more condensed assembly in just the first two rows of the car park. The new/old assembly areas are in the image to the right.

We’ll gather in these two rows again on Monday for the Public Holiday ride…the last one for a few months.

Bike Maintenance Session – Check out this post for an invite to SPR women who want to learn the basics when it comes to fixing and maintaining their road bike.

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t quite business as usual –As we progress through WA’s phased approach to reopening, how the club interacts within itself and the wider community will also change.
Rightly or wrongly, the lack of community transmission in the state has meant that a lot of the social distancing rules have disappeared. As such we want to streamline what the requirements are from a club perspective. Basically there are 3 main things we want people to keep in mind.

  • The virus can spread via human contact, so minimise the amount of touching between people and each others bikes/helmets etc.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.

SafeWA registration – Remember that for many locations and venues contact registration is mandatory. If you want to sit down for a coffee you must register your details at that premises. There are 2 ways to do this, register on a paper form, or scan a QR code on an app.
So, how do I get the app? Download the WA Government free app – SafeWA and sign up as an individual.
– Android users click here
– Apple phone users click here

Thursday Group 3 & 4 – The last few weeks we have been formalising and supporting the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday. SPR Thursday has a reputation of being a hard and fast ride and the size of the first group today was a good indication of it’s popularity. However, we also want to provide an opportunity for people to develop and progress through the ranks, so to speak. As such the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday now have ride leaders assigned to them to help guide people. The expected average speeds for the groups are 34k/hr and 30 k/hr or less average, respectively, so you can make a call as to which will suit you best. Organically developing rides to provide for what the needs of the group is what has contributed to the growth of the club. This is just another step along that path.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.S

From the Ride Coordinator –
With so many roads now impacted by road works (you gotta love the public works stimulus programme) we find that many of our more popular ride routes are affected in one form or another. Last weekend we had the unexpected closure of Winthrop Ave to install a new bridge but it was great to see so many riders “going with the flow” and assisting the ride leaders to navigate around. This weekend we could also expect the unexpected with both routes on Saturday. Transition will head down Hay Street Subiaco which is experiencing some road narrowing around Rokeby and last time the main ride headed to Karrinyup Rd, there was also some impact from the shopping centre redevelopment. Reason for highlighting is that you may experience something different to what you were expecting and we are sharing the road with drivers who may also be unfamiliar so it’s good to keep your wits about you.

Whilst talking about keeping your wits whilst riding, our main ride on Saturday would be up there for the most frequent cases of near misses at the intersection of Loftus Street and Scarbs Beach Rd. The Karrinyup Rd route this weekend heads STRAIGHT ACROSS that intersection and onto London Street. Please DO NOT look to turn left onto Scarbs Beach Rd, otherwise you may be another statistic on the SPR accident data base. We’ve said it plenty of times before, it pays to look at the ride route before you go. That’s particularly important this week.  See you all safely at coffee!

Saturday 24th April

Sunday 25th April

Monday 26th April – ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 27th April

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 28th April

Thursday 29th April

Friday 30th April