SAFETY ON REMOTE RIDES

By: 
Edward Cheng

 

There was a heat stroke incident in June on a Club ride, and the rider required hospital care (he is out of the hospital and recovering). The heat stroke occurred on a hot day in a remote location, but the good news is that the rider was not alone.  Others helped with communications, administered first aid, and arranged for evacuation. Based on this experience, we want to formalize some measures that worked in that situation for rides that take place in remote locations. 

 

The first principle is that riders have to take responsibility for their own safety - be aware of your limitations, food and water, clothing, the weather, and your equipment.  In addition, the Rides Committee approved safety guidelines that apply to all remote rides, no matter the program or ride surface. The full set of guidelines can be viewed HERE.

 

We recommend you read the guidelines, but here is a summary:
 
  • The participants should be divided into groups by pace, and riders having difficulty and can stop and wait for the next group;
  • When a rider needs help, the group will assist in requesting such help, and remain with the rider until they reach a location where he or she is safe;
  • If there is no mobile signal, the group should try houses with possible emergency contact options. Also request help from passing motorists when available;
  • Adverse weather should cancel the ride;
  • A shorter option should be available if possible.

Ride safety is paramount, and our work on this issue will continue to include other contingencies which might arise on remote rides.We would like to hear from you if you've had ride experiences related to safety on remote rides. You can use the "comment" feature below.

 

Ed Cheng is VP Rides.