CMC 037 Port Alberni Ride and Safety Training. Overview of this Presentation. By the end of this presentation you should understand the following: Riding with the CMC- Club rules and expectations. Everyone’s roles and responsibilities. The pre-ride discussion- what to expect.
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CMC 037 Port Alberni Ride and Safety Training
Overview of this Presentation • By the end of this presentation you should understand the following: • Riding with the CMC- Club rules and expectations. • Everyone’s roles and responsibilities. • The pre-ride discussion- what to expect. • On the ride- signals, formations, safety, parking etc. • Dealing with Emergencies
A CMC Ride • First and foremost, CMC is a riding club. Our objective is to have a safe and fun ride every time. • To that end, we have organized various roles within the club and follow certain ride “rules”. • The rules are for the safety of every person in the group. Knowing what you are to do, and what the people around you will do is not only safer, it is more fun. • Group riding is not just “follow the leader”. It is precision riding that requires awareness at all times.
Club Organization • CMC is organized like other riding and motorcycle clubs. • There are Officers and Road Captains. Anyone can be a road captain, but they must be experienced and trained. On the ride, the road captain has more authority than the first officer!
Club Officers and Road Captains • The club by-laws set out what the officers and road captains do. Everyone needs to read and understand the bylaws. • The Officers administer the chapter. • The road captain organizes and leads the group during a riding event. • CMC does not recognize a formal “Tailgunner” position, as this person is a trained road captain.
THE ROAD CAPTAIN IS: • In charge of the group until the final destination has been reached. • Trumps the 1st Officer while on the road! • Responsible for ensuring safety is maintained at all times. • Will conduct the pre-ride briefing for all riders. • May change route as actual road conditions / weather dictates. • Will instruct any rider to ride in a specific position within the group, or to leave the group entirely, for reasons of misconduct, disorderly or unsafe riding, or faulty/unsafe equipment. Their word is final.
THE ROAD CAPTAIN WILL: • lead the group in a safe manner and will execute their best judgment in situations not specifically covered in these guidelines. • bring to the ride a first aid kit or ensure there is one on the ride. • Identify who has first aid training. • bring or have access to a cell phone to call 911. • lead at a pace that is appropriate for the riding style of the group.
Road Captain and Officers will assess: Riders • Try to identify new or inexperienced riders before the pre-ride briefing • Take them aside for a personal briefing • Ride Placement (to the rear) • Hand Signals • Find out any concerns they might have • Get to know them
Road Captain and Officers Will Assess Riders • Determine the riders experience level: • Place the new riders to the rear of the group. • The Tail gunner will assist in the evaluation of the rider. • Personal rider knowledge: • How well does this person ride? • Place to the rear of the group for actual evaluation.
Road Captain and Officers will also assess Riders with Passengers • Riders with little experience carrying passengers • BIG NO-NO in a group ride! • If the passenger wants to come along maybe move to an experienced rider’s machine. • Experienced riders with passengers can be mixed in where they are comfortable.
Significant Officer • Significant Officer (SO): • The significant officer is the most senior officer on the ride. • The SO will ride in the deuce or shotgun position. • The SO’s duties will be for advise and administrative decisions. • The SO will not preempt the ride unless there is a safety concern.
Tailgunner • Tail Gunner: • The tail gunner serves as the eyes of the Road Captain. • Will watch for merging lanes, and will move into a merging lane (or stay in a merging lane just vacated by the group) in order to close the door on other vehicles that may otherwise find themselves trying to merge into the formation. • Working with the Road Captain the Tail gunner will help set the pace for the group. • At the Road Captain‘s request, the tail gunner changes lanes before the formation, to secure the lane so the formation can move into it.
CMC Riders • Our expectations: • Each rider is responsible for following the CMC ride protocols. • Each rider will treat with respect and courtesy the road captains and officers and other club members and guests. • All CMC rides are alcohol and drug free- ALWAYS! If you have a drink or “something else” either before or on a ride, then you are on your own for the rest of the day. There are no exceptions to this.
CMC Riders • Will always ride safely, following the directions of the road captain. • Will be properly licensed and the bike properly insured. • Wear proper riding gear; DOT helmet, proper eyewear, over the ankle boots, long pants, and recommended gloves and long sleeves, (and of course, club vest with Madison).
CMC Riders • Keep their motorcycle in proper operating condition in compliance with the traffic laws. • Arrive early to a ride event with an empty bladder and full fuel tank. • Be skilled enough to maintain formation within the group at speeds up to 10km/hr over the posted speed limit. This could mean riding up to 120km/hr for an hour or more.
CMC Riders • Handle conflicts in private. • Remember we are a family oriented club: • No obnoxious or rude behaviour- display a positive image of our club and sport. • Let’s put the really rude patches on the inside of our vests. • Don’t show off or crack the throttle (loud pipes) in town. • Be friendly to the general public.
Assessing the Motorcycle • T-CLOCK: Tires, controls, Lights and electrical, Oil and fluids, Chassis, and Kickstand. • Is the bike suitable for the ride?
Pre-Ride Briefing • The Road Captain will explain the ride • The destination and route • Fuel stops for distance rides • Lunch and Butt Breaks • Will go over hand signals • Will explain roles and introduce the senior officer(s), tailgunner(s), and other road captains if we are breaking into sub-groups.
Pre-Ride Briefing • Unsafe, wild or dangerous riding will not be tolerated! • We ride as group and end as a group • We may break into sub-groups depending on the number of bikes. • If a rider needs to leave the group; • Tells Captain BEFORE ride starts so he/she can be placed in the rear. • If rider returns; • Returns to the rear of the group. • Alcohol and drugs will not be tolerated
On The Ride • Road Captain / Lead bike: • Gives all directions. • Is responsible for the entire formation. • Must be aware of the length of the columns, and must gauge passing other vehicles, merges, highway entrances and exits, etc., to allow for maximum safety and keeping the group together. • Must make sure that he/she leaves enough time/space for the formation to get into the appropriate lanes before exits, etc. • Coordinating with the tail gunner, the Road Captain makes all decisions regarding lane changes, stopping for breaks and fuel, closing of gaps, turning off at exits, any concerns of what lies ahead, and so on. • No individual will act independently without direction from the Road Captain to do so.
On the Ride • Reminder of hand signals • Start your engines and let’s roll • With your right armextended, move your indexfinger in a circular motion.
On the Ride • Reminder of hand signals • LEFT TURN • Raise your left armhorizontal with yourelbow fully extended
On the Ride • Reminder of hand signals • RIGHT TURN • Raise your left armhorizontal with yourelbow bent 90 degreesvertically.
On the Ride • Reminder of hand signals • HAZARD LEFT • Extend your left leg ata 45 degree angle andpoint towards the hazard.
On the Ride • Reminder of hand signals • HAZARD RIGHT • Extend your right leg ata 45 degree angle andpoint towards the hazard.
On the Ride • Reminder of hand signals • TIGHTEN UP • Raise your left arm up and open and close fist. This indicates theleader wants to close up the formation.
On the Ride • Reminder of hand signals • SLOW DOWN • Extend your left arm ata 45 degree angle and moveyour hand up and down.
On the Ride • Reminder of hand signals • STOP • Extend your left arm ata 90 degree angle with thepalm of your hand facing rearward.
On the Ride • Reminder of hand signals • SINGLE FILE • Position your left hand with one finger extended upward. This indicates the leader wants the group in a single file formation.
On the Ride • Reminder of hand signals • STAGGERED FORMATION • Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your index and pinkie finger extended.This indicates that it is safe to return to staggered formation.
On the Ride • Reminder of hand signals • EMERGENCY STOP • Tap top of helmet with closed fist.
On the Ride • Reminder of Hand signals • Turn Signal Off - Hand down- open and close fist. - A turn signal left on is very distracting to the group and a safety hazard. And it’s a donation to the chapter piggy bank…
On the Ride • Reminder of lane positioning • We usually ride staggered 1 & 2 second rule 2 second rule
On the Ride- Positioning • Road Captain front left • S.O. front right • New riders in the rear
On the Ride • Lane changing; • Road Captain signals change but does NOT change lanes • Signal is passed back • Tail Gunner secures new lane • Road Captain changes lane • All riders follow the Road Captain • You do not change lanes BEFORE the Captain or the bike in front of you moves! • Keep assigned lane
On the Ride • Reminder of lane changing 1. Road Captain signals, all other riders signal. 2. Tailgunner secures lane 3. Road Captain changes lane. 4. Other riders move over if safe and only after bike in front has moved over.
On the Ride • If a bike drops out: • Road Captain will signal “Single file” • Group will go into single file • Road captain will signal “staggered formation” and group will realign in proper staggered formation.
On the Ride Some “Do Nots” • Don't crowd the rider in front of you. • We're all going to get where we're going at the same time, and you can make the other rider nervous if you're riding too close. • If he/she has to swerve to miss an obstacle, you will want him/her to have room to do so without endangering you or other riders.
On the Ride Some “Do Nots” • Don't lag too far behind the rider in front of you. • Each rider needs to pay attention not only to what's in front of him, but also be aware of the rider following him. • If you're falling too far behind, you could be giving a signal to the rider in front that you're in some kind of trouble. • If you do experience trouble or become separated, stop. • Turn your signal on. • Shoulder check. • Move over when safe. • Tail Gunner will join you. • Each rider must be aware of the riders following, and upon noticing that there are no riders in sight behind must: • Get close to the rider ahead of you. • Honk horn to get his attention. • Tap hand on helmet to indicate emergency stop. • Pass forward until Road Captain stops group in safe place. • Road Captain will send runner back to stopped riders.
On the Road Some “Do Nots” • Don't pass other riders of the group while riding in a group formation. • If you want to ride in close proximity to a friend, or you have a preference as to which side of the traffic lane you wish to ride during staggered riding, then use the opportunity at a rest stop to arrange yourselves accordingly or better yet – inform the Captain PRIOR to the start of the ride. • Once on the road, stay in the order you started in. • We are NOT a SCOOTER CLUB • No need to beep those horns unless there is an emergency. • Do not ride with 4-way Flashers on as this is distracting to others. • Riders headlights are to be on dim not bright. • Do not ride with your running or fog lights (spots) on. • If you should lose something on the road, do not stop until it is safe to do so.
On The Ride • Blockers: • Blocking intersections is risky and very often, an unsafe practice. The use of blockers will not be used on a CMC ride, however, you may encounter this technique on charity rides • The Road Captain will assign experienced riders for blockers if needed. • Blockers should wear a brightly colored safety vest to be more visible. • Turnheadlights toward oncoming traffic when blocking and use 4-way Flashers. • Urge riders to tighten up and move as quickly as possible through the Intersection. • Have enough blockers so they deploy from a group of riders riding ahead of the group to block the intersections, and then fall in at the rear of the pack. • On a long ride when the group stops for gas/rest/warm up, redeploy the blockers to the front again. • Do not pass on the shoulder of the road.
On The Ride • Cages (Cars, trucks): • Cages will maintain a safe distance from the tail-gunner in the same lane. • Do not block traffic in other lanes. • They can assist with emergencies if needed. A CAGE IS NOT THE TAIL GUNNER!
On The Ride • Other considerations: • We do not turn on red lights. • “Drop back” bike: If the group gets separated and makes a turn off, the last bike in the front section will wait at the corner as a marker for the following bikes. The road captain will reduce speed to allow everyone to catch up. There is no need to race to catch up, and if done correctly, the group will be back together quickly and safely. • At breaks and end of the ride, Road Captain and Tailgunner should address any concerns with riders- this must be done in a non-personal, friendly, and supportive manner.
Parking • The road captain will enter the parking lot and circle through to park near the entrance or an open area. • The road captain will stop in a position to back into their parking spot. • Following bikes will pull up parallel and back into their own parking spot. • Leave enough room between bikes for safe mounting and dismounting. • It looks good and professional to have all bikes back in simultaneously.
Emergencies • Emergencies: • If a bike breaks down, let the rider move to the right. • The tail gunner will stop with the problem bike. • No one else needs to stop! • The Road Captain will lead the group to a safe stopping place and wait. • The tail gunner will phone the road captain. The Road Captain may send a rider to check and report back if there is no cell phone coverage. • No one will be left on the side of the road alone.
Emergencies • Law Enforcement: • If police stop the group, the Road Captain needs to pull the group over as soon as possible (Sec 73 of the MVA). • Riders should stay seated in formation, and leave helmets on. If directed to remove helmets by the police, do so (Sec 194 of the MVA). • Allow the police officer to come to you. • The Road Captain should be the only one to dismount and who approach the officer and will promptly identify him/herself. • The 1st officer or SO may accompany the Road Captain.
Emergencies • Accidents: • Prior to the ride, any person(s) identified as having First Aid training will be made known and be identified as the EMT. • The EMT person(s) will give first aid if needed. • The EMT and Tail Gunner along with a “runner” will stay with the downed Rider. • Call 911 as soon as safe to do so. • Those witnessing said accident should pull over and wait to talk with the Road Captain and police. • The rest of the pack proceeds to a safe stopping area. • The Tail Gunner will prepare an accident report in complete detail, complete with pictures, drawings of the accident scene, witnesses, who was involved, police reporting to the scene, towing agency used (along with a copy of the tow ticket or at the very least – the number of the ticket. • A copy will be given to the Road Captain, First Officer and the member(s) that had the accident.