June 2004 Safety Thoughts
by Dave Hansen, Safety Officer
The one thing we can’t control when we ride is the weather.
Many times during our group rides & trips, we’ll find ourselves in situations
where we need to stop on the side of the road to “gear up” for rain.
Here are a few tips that will make these unscheduled stops safer:
If the road doesn’t have a shoulder, find a turn off or low traffic side road.
If the road has a gravel shoulder, slow down BEFORE moving to the shoulder of the road.
Park as far to the right of the shoulder as possible.
This gets you more space from the traffic lane and will allow the lead Road Captain
to see past the group to look for traffic when it’s time to roll again.
Leave room between bikes so you can move between them.
After dismounting, immediately move to the right side of the bike to get away from the traffic lane.
Pack your rain gear in your right saddlebag so it’s accessible from
the right side of the bike in order to stay away from the traffic lane.
After gearing up, get back on your bike.
DO NOT stand around waiting or talking in the area between your bike & the traffic lane.
When everyone’s ready to go, do not move toward the traffic lane until
after the bike in front of you has begun its merge maneuver.
This will allow each merging rider the best opportunity for an unobstructed view of
traffic in the merge lane.
Bonus tip – consider packing a compact umbrella in the right saddlebag
Sometimes we get surprised & can’t get stopped quick enough to gear up completely before the rain starts.
An umbrella can help you stay dryer while gearing up.