Re: [BayAreaCycling] New Setting: All members may announce rides

From: Don
Sent on: Friday, November 2, 2012 10:46 AM

I'm glad you're allowing people to post rides as thats something I'd like to do sometime. Pretty good idea.

That said, I was wondering if it would be okay to post info about my Christmas Party coming up on Dec 08
near the town of Sonoma? Its billed as a  "Hiker Christmas Party" and the RSVP list, so far, is primarily people
who engage in either day hiking or backpacking or snow shoeing...

But some folks do, like myself, engage in multi sporting activities... and so I thought it might be good to get the word
out via a post on your MeetUp page. I'd be interested in your ideas...

Let me know what you think.


From: josh <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Friday, August 24,[masked]:17 AM
Subject: [BayAreaCycling] New Setting: All members may announce rides

Greetings all,
Just a quick note that given our geographical distribution around the bay and in the hope that more members will connect with local riding partners, I've relaxed our meetup settings so that any member may announce a ride at any time. Going for a ride? Don't forget to invite over 2000 of your closest friends!
But please bear in mind that with great power, comes great responsibility. If you host a ride, the people joining you are likely going to look to you as a leader. You assume a responsibility to shepherd everyone through safely unless communicated otherwise. Please choose routes you know or, after solid trip planning, market your ride as an adventure into the unknown if applicable. Give folks a sense for ride difficulty and the availability of fuel and fluid stops along the route. Is it a a no-drop or a drop ride? w/ regroups or no? It's 90 degrees in the valley but should they bring warmers and a jacket in case there's fog on the coast? Remember to make sure everyone's using the buddy-system on your rides!
And if you join a ride, do use common sense. If you might not go off into the back-country alone with a total stranger in your normal life, please don't do it on meetup either. If a group doesn't coalesce around a ride, maybe bow out last minute, no hard feelings. And don't rely totally on the ride leader to get you through. You're riding your own ride. Plan as if you're riding it alone, and then enjoy the company that also happens to be traveling the same route. And pick a buddy!
OK, have fun out there. Remember those two key ingredients to fun: common sense and good planning. Let's ride!

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