RIDE LEADER & MARSHALL TRAINING
Pete S writes:
This year's Free ride London is taking place on Saturday 3rd August and ahead of this LCC are offering us leader/marshal training on Saturday 20th July, details below.
It would be great to get as many people to attend as possible bearing in mind the growing numbers of all our rides and also to show LCC the strength of the club in depth.
Attending the training does not mean you have to marshal the Freeride (but it would be nice if you could). To get your name added to the list please reply to list admin or contact Pete S.
LCC is running a series of Ride Leader training sessions to support people who are interested in leading rides with their Local Groups, particularly the RideLondon FreeCycle feeder rides on Saturday 3 August, 2019.
Consisting of a short classroom session followed by a practical on-street session with an expert ride-leader trainer, the course teaches participants how to support groups of cyclists moving through roads with motor traffic.
Participation is free and the only requirements are being a confident rider and being able to bring a cycle in good working order on the day. We also encourage participants to brush up on their Cycle Skills before the course, preferably getting themselves up to Bikeability Level 3 or equivalent (information on free Cycle Skills training from local councils can be found here).
INSURANCE: AN IMPORTANT CORRECTION
Last week the Bugle reported on the rider facing bankruptcy after colliding with a woman who stepped out in front of him at a green light without looking.
We said WRONGLY you were protected third party while on an official Club ride. In fact only the leader and club are protected against a claim.
If you hit another rider you are potentially liable. If that leads to serious injury or worse then they can, and arguably should, get compensation from you.
This makes it even more important to be covered third party. You can do that in several ways. Membership of CTC, BC or LCC automatically includes TPO. As a CTC affiliated club you can get affiliate membership at a substantial discount (£25 instead of £46.50). All you need is the club code from George.
Apply here: https://shop.cyclinguk.org/membership/affiliate-membership-myself
We have a duty of care to each other. Should that include an expectation that other riders carry insurance on club rides as we would expect them to have a couple of inner tubes and a pump?
Making it mandatory raises some difficulties. Make it unneccessary by doing the right thing now - and not assume - as we did that you will be automatically covered.
Here is some light reading on the matter: http://www.wirralwheelers.co.uk/files/Download/guidance_note_3_-_2015_affiliated_bodies_organisers_liability_guidance_0.pdf
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