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

From: Wayne K. D. M.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 2:08 PM

At Echelon Riders Club we have been running rides for over 10 years and with a focus of safety and fun we have developed a well thought out safety strategy to avoid these problems.  Our system is taught on the bike, not in a classroom or by email because it is just not an idea but requires all riders to learn certain basic skills to be safe.

 

No system is fool proof.  Having said that in the past 10 years we have never had any of our riders struck by a car or for that matter suffer any serious injury, even our first time beginners who we take extra special care of.

 

To find out more check out our web site for our weekly training rides and articles on safe riding.

 

 

Wayne

www.echelonridersclub.org

 

 

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Barbara
Sent: Tuesday, May 15,[masked]:50 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [BayAreaCycling] Let's implement a buddy system on rides!

 

The silver lining of this is that it's opened a dialogue about how we, individually and as a group, can best protect our safety while out on the roads. Despite my best efforts, this is the 2nd time I've been hit by a car (neither of which resulted in serious injuries, but both were hit-and-runs by drivers who were 100% at fault). The saying that cyclists need to ride as if they are invisible is true. Got me to thinking that perhaps I should enroll in some type of defensive riding or bike safety training. Does anyone know of anything like that offered in the area?

Specifically w/ regard to the comments and feedback by the other members, in my experience w/ other bike groups, at the beginning of the ride we broke out into pace groups or ride cats (think I'm mixing my running w/ biking). It can be as informal or formal as we want it. I've also offered to volunteer to help in any way I can to make sure we don't lose anyone along the way. These rides should be fun and safe for all.
-Barbara

On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 8:41 PM, Kent <[address removed]> wrote:

There are reports of a motorcyclist reaching out and pushing cyclists over while passing in the Berkeley hills.



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