Ride Ratings – Kingston Velo Club
The purpose of this document is to update the Kingston Velo Club (KVC) ride categories, based on information gathered from cycling clubs across Canada. The Club will annually review the ride speed categories to reflect its membership. This review will be conducted by the Ride Committee working under the guidance of KVC ride committee director.
The Ride Committee will use the following speed categories:
A – Speeds 30kph+
B – Speeds 25kph-29kph
C – Speeds 19-kph-24kph
D – Speeds 14-kph-18kph
L – Leisure speeds below 13kph
NSP – No set pace where riders cycle at their own speed
Often the “L” and the “NSP” categories will be used for trail rides, touring and sightseeing where the speed is not the main focus of the ride.
The actual ride speed will depend on factors such as the elevation or other technical characteristics of the route. For example, we do not expect riders to maintain the speed for rides that contain several, challenging climbs or rides that encounter inclement weather.
Where possible, the ride leader will give an indication of the ride difficulty. It is strongly encouraged that riders assess their ability and ride within the category that will allow the most enjoyable experience.
Riders should note that rides are “no drop rides”, meaning no riders will be left behind to finish on their own. As well, riders should realize they are to ride at their own rate, and are not expected to be riding at the higher end of the range.
A detailed description of each ride will provide on the KVC website. It will include departure time and location, ride leader, and a link to the map, which includes terrain elevation. The routes are posted in advance so members can print or upload map to their electronic devices.
A downloadable PDF copy of the Ride Ratings 2020 is available.
Know The Signs
Bicycle Route Marker Sign
These signs identify routes that are part of Kingston's On-road Bikeway. Unlike the signs that indicate exclusive cycling lanes, bicycle route signs do not have a regulatory function.
Reserved Bicycle Lane Sign
The Reserved Bicycle Lane sign informs motorists that a specific lane on the road is designated for exclusive use by bicycle.
These signs are used to inform motorists and cyclists that a roadway is to be shared and may be placed where a designated bicycling lane comes to an end.
These signs are used to warn motorists and cyclists that cyclists may use the full lane ahead and that the lane is too narrow for side-by-side operation.
Sharrows remind road users to share the road and offer line-of-travel guidance to cyclists.