BELFAST CHAPTER SAFE RIDING GUIDELINES
IMPORTANT, EXISTING MEMBERS AND NEW MEMBERS SHOULD DOWNLOAD AND READ THE SAFE RIDING GUIDELINE
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It is important you read and understand these Guidelines to help us all have a safe and fun ride-out
On our group rides, itʼs important for all involved to understand that an individualʼs actions can affect the safety of other group members. Group members must be prepared to give some thought and consideration to the safety of others, and enjoyment of all.
On group ride-outs, we would like everyone to ride safely and within their abilities at all time, and avoid the need for anyone to have to ride outside their skill level. Therefore in order to keep up with the bikes in front, we use the “second man drop-off” technique to signpost the route taken. We also use the “Buddy system” i.e. your speed should be dictated by the motorcycle behind you and not the one in front.
There is a strict no-overtaking protocol within the group on ride-outs, this is for safety reasons. After setting out from each stop, riders should keep to a fixed running order and a safe distance, no matter how slow the rider in front may be.
Remember that YOUR safety is ultimately YOUR OWN responsibility.
Be safe but bring with you a sense of humor and aim to have fun.
Riding tips – Reading the road
For each mile we ride there are dozens of clues to what lies ahead, including possible hazards. The key is recognising them (and having the skills to respond). Here are a few clues worth noticing:
• Reflective eyes – Animals’ eyes reflect the light cast by your headlight. When riding at night, pay attention to subtle reflections on the road and in both ditches and adjust your speed accordingly.
• Bouncing lights – If you see a “hop” of lights from a vehicle in front of you (either tail lights of a vehicle you’re following, or headlights of an oncoming vehicle), you can be sure there’s a significant bump or pothole in your immediate future.
• Car-in-Waiting – Always be wary of automobile drivers, especially when they’re waiting to turn. The oncoming driver who turns into the motorcyclist, or the driver who enters the motorcyclist’s lane from a side street, are two of the most common hazards, and the most deadly. Always assume drivers will pull out in front of you.
• Intersections – Like the automobile driver waiting to turn, intersections are a clue to likely danger. Other drivers, pedestrians, cross traffic, merging traffic, road surfaces and heightened visual distractions conspire to make intersections the most hazardous element of any ride.
• Animals – Whether it’s a dog or wild animal, if you see fur (or feathers) near the road, you see potential danger.
• Tar snakes – Tar-filled surface cracks on a road are more than just a clue: they’re downright dangerous, especially in hot weather or in the rain. When you see tar snakes, particularly in corners, adjust your speed and lean angle accordingly.
We strongly recommend to all our members to take advantage of this facility. This is a truly enjoyable day with everyone learning something about their riding skills.
BikeSafe is an initiative run by Police Forces around the United Kingdom who work with the whole of the biking world to help to lower the number of motorcycle rider casualties. By passing on their knowledge, skills and experience, police motorcyclists can help you become a safer more competent rider.
They help you to increase your ability and confidence, so you can get even more enjoyment from riding your motorcycle. The Bikesafe initiative is a nationwide plan of action to reduce the number of motorcycle accident casualties by promoting safer riding.
You can find more information on the Bike Safe website CLICK HERE
Remember by passing this assessment you may be entitled to discount on your insurance.