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Let's implement a buddy system on rides!

From: josh
Sent on: Monday, May 14, 2012 11:20 AM

Hi all,

Hope you've been enjoying the great riding weather. I rode 116 miles from Novato to Santa Cruz on Saturday. Then I swam the alcatraz crossing on Sunday! Both were epic!

I'm reaching out this morning because one of our members was struck by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend. Fortunately she wasn't hurt very badly so we can count ourselves lucky that we can all learn some not-too-hard lessons from the incident.

The primary lesson is this: It's easy to be invisible in a group of people, many of whom are new to each other. This dynamic resulted in our member falling back and being struck without anyone noticing. I think we can fix this with a simple buddy system on rides. When you get to a ride start, and before anybody takes off, communicate your level and find a buddy. This ensures we are all know, and are known by somebody on our rides and we account for each other at all the stops. Thoughts?

Second, be aware out there and keep your full attention on the road. Barabara, I doubt whether adjusting your cue sheet played any role in the incident but it's a good reminder to get things set before we start and to pull over if we need to make adjustments. I was following a course on my GPS through unfamiliar neighborhoods on my Santa Cruz ride. My buddy actually yelled at me because I was moving erratically with my attention on the map. Lesson learned.

Interested in your thoughts on ride safety. Please feel free to reply to all as I think it's an important conversation and we can never talk too much about it.

Be safe. Have fun. Let's Ride!
jb

 

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