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

From: josh
Sent on: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 2:38 PM
Wayne, setting aside the shameless plugs ... surely you don't mean to suggest that someone is less likely to get struck by a hit and run driver on an echelon ride than anywhere else? You know I enjoy riding with you guys so it's with love that I say this, but even I, as a sometimes-echelon-ride-leader-in-training, have no idea what this magical group riding system is. I've been on at least a couple echelon rides where we've left people behind for long stretches of road. I've ended more than 2 rides with only one other rider and I was left alone in China Camp once with a mechanical - which was fine with me (see below.) I'm glad you've posted this though, as it allows me to illustrate an important point that goes to the heart of what the BAC Meetup is and isn't and the personal responsibility people need to take on any ride, Meetup or otherwise.
It's true that Echelon does a better job than most supporting it's riders. It's why I'm ecstatic to have Wayne and Echelon provide some regular beginner-to-intermediate rides for our group. But as illustrated, people will always make mistakes, systems fall apart and accidents happen. We can't go on any ride assuming that people will keep us safe, or that if something goes wrong, someone will take care of us - even on a no-drop ride. We have to "own our own shit out there." Generally, your fellow riders have the good intentions too help, but anything can happen. And sometimes the desire to have a good ride of their own trumps their more altruistic leanings. And what if the sweeper has a mechanical? Who sweeps the sweeper ;)
BAC Meetup rides are generally even less structured, unless indicated, because there's just a small group of all-volunteer ride leaders who are really just folks who want to ride their bikes. Help them by:
1) Studying your routes. Know your way out if something goes wrong.
2) Keep your bikes well maintained. Learn some basic road-side maintenance.
3) Carry appropriate fuel and water for your rides and know where you can resupply on route.
4) Carry tools, spares and patch kits and know how to use them.
5) Communicate - before, during and after the ride. More is more.
6) Step into sweeper/shepherding roles in ride if it looks like it could be useful.
7) keep this conversation flowing!
On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM, Wayne McIntosh <[address removed]> wrote:

Buddy systems do not work unless the buddies are very close in riding ability.


Echelon Riders Club has developed a safe group riding system designed exactly to address this hit and run problem.


If you would like to know more about how we do things join us on a ride soon.  Ride details on our web site.






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