* you could contact your local bike shop and/or cycle group for advice and assistance.
* You may have participants who are quite new to cycling or have lost their confidence. Perhaps you could get experienced cyclists to train or cycle with novices
Depending on the size of your bike event, you may need to think about some or all of the following points:
The number of assistants required and the nature of their roles will depend largely on the size of the event and whether it is on roads or traffic-free routes. Roles might include a leader (who knows the route well and sets the
pace), a 'sweeper', who stays at the back of the ride to assist people with difficulties and ensure no-one gets left behind, mechanic(s), direction giving marshals, photographer, support van driver (if a large ride) and an overall
'logistics' organiser who deals with registration, refreshments, media etc. It might be useful on the day to identify the staff in some way, for instance, with tabards or jackets.
A flyer/photocopied sheet giving: an event schedule, information on the marshalling, signing and mapping, safety requirements, on-highway riding rules, health and safety issues, emergency procedures, bike maintenance and fitness training ideas, and a map of the route. They might be encouraged to bring:
• wet and cold weather clothing
• sun protection (hat/cream)
• reflective bands (plus bright clothing if on road) and lights
• lock and bell
• Publicity materials
• sponsor forms
• registration forms
• marshal jackets
• route maps/schedule
• large water containers (for riders to fill their bottles from)
• refreshments (NB: rubbish bags)
• basic tool kit (puncture repair kit, spanners, link extractor etc.- talk to your bike shop about this)
• camera(s), spare film(s)
• mobile phones emergency/media contact numbers
• basic first aid kit.
In addition to issues already covered in Health and Safety, there are some particular issues relating to bike events:
· You may want to think about the security of the bikes - provision of temporary bike racks and/or volunteer bike minders at start/finish points and destinations on the route.
· If you are riding on-road, encourage riders to be single file, and discourage overtaking. You may wish to stipulate that under 16 year oIds should be accompanied by an adult.
· You may wish to approach your local police for assistance with particularly busy sections or dangerous crossings. If you are organising a ride of more than 50 cyclists this may cause traffic problems. Contact the police to notify them, if they consider it necessary they may cone off some roads. The police will also be able to provide you with a contact number to call in case of emergencies.
· NB: It is illegal for ride 'marshals' to stop or direct traffic.
· If it is a large ride you must inform the local police of your route, so that they can make adequate provisions for traffic/pedestrian safety.
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