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Re: [BayAreaCycling] Let's implement a buddy system on rides!

From: Rinobiker
Sent on: Monday, May 14, 2012 8:17 PM
I do the Sports Basement ride and there is always a ride leader up front and a ride leader at the back of the pack and they have a policy that noone gets left behind.  This is on the City Ride in San Francisco out of the Bryant Street Sports Basement.  I believe the Sports Basement in the Presidio also has the same policy: ride leader,  ride caboose and noone gets left behind.

On May 14, 2012, at 5:50 PM, Amy wrote:

As in any other group sport (hiking for example ) it's important to watch out for one another.  While I've learned to look out for myself (once in another group i was left in the dust as i was slower and I'd planned ahead and knew my way back)...I also am comforted by riding with a buddy so we can check in with each other. Doing outdoor sports we're hot, tired, and sometimes not able to be our best monitors. So having a buddy is great!
Hope everyone stays safe out there,

On May 14,[masked]:21 AM, "josh" <[address removed]> wrote:

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!


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