Team Alameda is a riding club that seeks to inspire and encourage cycling in the community. Officially founded in 2005 by nine local cyclists, the club is now over 150 members strong and growing! We love to ride, especially if there's a great taqueria stop involved.
Rides launch every Saturday/Sunday morning at 9 am, and most Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings at 9am (see our Calendar) from the Kaiser Permanente Alameda Medical Center at 2417 Central Avenue, just off Park Street. On weekends there is often more than one ride to choose from so you can pick one that matches your abilities. Many of our rides are no-drop, meaning we'll happily wait for the last person up the hill. We might even cheer.
Please have a look at the policies below and our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about the club, and what to bring on your first ride with us.
Then, take a look at our ride calendar for a more detailed description of where we're headed and Come Ride With Us!
You may ride with us once as a non-member. After that our insurance requires you to join Team Alameda.
Every TA ride is lead by at least one Ride Leader: an experienced rider who has been through the club's ride-leader training program. The Ride Leaders' responsibilities are:
Ride Rating: Hilliness / Pace / Mileage
Hilliness: a number from 1..5, 1 being mostly-flat terrain, 5 being steep hills. Examples:
1 = 0-2 % - Essentially flat / All Alameda, Marina rides
2 = 2-6 % - A Few Low Hills / Montclair Peets, Domingo Peets rides
3 = 6-8 % - Moderately Hilly / Tunnel, Skyline, Redwood, Butters Canyon
4 = 6-12 % - Very Hilly / Three Bears, Pinehurst, Snake Rd., Claremont
5 = 12+ % - Extremely Hilly / Marin, Vollmer, Hiller, Thorndale, Ascot, Donald Dr.
Pace: a letter from A..D We indicate two ranges: hilly rides and flat rides. All paces are average speeds. Pace examples:
A = 12+ mph average speed on rides with hills, 16+ mph on mostly flat rides / Steady faster pace
B = 10-13 mph average speed on rides with hills, 14-17 mph on mostly flat rides / Steady Pace, fewer stops, for experienced riders
C = 8-11 mph average speed on rides with hills, 12-15 mph on mostly flat rides/ Easy Pace, frequent stops, good for new riders
Mileage: is the approximate length of the entire ride, in miles.
Example Ride Rating: 3/C/35 = moderately hilly; slower average pace; approximately 35 miles
Ride description: more detailed information about the route: may include expected regroups, bail-outs, more specific information on hills and speed etc. It is very important to read the ride description before you decide to go on a ride.
Bail-outs: Points where riders have the option of turning back early and ride leaders have the discretion to ask a rider to turn back early if they are unable to keep the pace.
Bike: Road, mountain, commuter, fixie, etc
Drop Ride: You have to be able to keep up, or know the route and/or the way back on your own
No-Drop Ride: Even within a single pace there will be differences in speed between riders. No-drop rides will re-group periodically to allow everyone to catch up and to help ensure no one gets lost. We also assist riders who have mechanical issues or flat tires. Please be aware that you are supposed to be able to keep up with the general pace posted for the ride.
OTFOYO: Off The Front, On Your Own: Ride leaders are not responsible for riders who get ahead of the group. Riders off the front are responsible for finding their own way home. Please inform your ride leader, or another rider if a ride leader is not available, if you are taking off.
Local: Starting from the Kaiser steps. May include BART ride.
Away: Starting from somewhere other than Alameda. Usually car pools will be arranged.
TA ride: sponsored by TA and led by a TA ride leader
Other organized ride: organized and sponsored by another organization
Member: Someone who has paid dues to TA and is allowed to ride with us and sign in on the ride sheet
Guest Rider: A non-member riding with TA. You are allowed one ride as a guest before you are required to join TA.
Ride Leader: Has completed ride leader training and can post and lead TA rides
Hand and verbal signals: ways we communicate with those around us:
|Event/Condition||Hand Signal||Audible Signal||Rider Action|
|Slowing Down||Hand down, palm open||Slowing||Prepare to stop|
|Stopping||Hand down in fist||Stopping||Stop safely|
|Left turn||Left arm straight out||Left turn||Look right and left, then turn safely|
|Right turn|| Right arm straight out
or Left arm out with hand up
|Right turn||Look right and left, then turn safely|
|Hazard in road||Point to it||Hole, Glass, etc.||Avoid the hazard (but beware or other riders and traffic!)|
|Railroad tracks||Hand down, waving side to side with palm open facing rearward||Tracks||Slow and cross at 90-degree angle|
|Vehicle in front||Point to it||Car Up||Eyes front, allow room|
|Vehicle behind||Car Back||Ride single file, allow the car to pass|
|Vehicle left/right||Point to it|| Car Left
|Be prepared to stop|
|Pedestrian in front||Walker (Runner) Up||Move safely beyond, following the ride leader|
|Passing another bike|| On Your Left
On Your Right
| Check traffic first. Call out clearly. Allow ample room to pass.
Pass on the left if possible; on the right only as a last resort.
|Resuming from a stop||Rolling||Proceed with caution. Call out if a vehicle appears. Ride on safely.|