To all West Surrey CTC members
From the Committee
Many of you will be aware of a recent serious cycling accident on one of our Wednesday rides. Following this, a number of members asked the committee to consider three aspects: the prevention of accidents whilst riding in a group, making helmets compulsory and the importance of next of kin information.
Group Riding (safety on the road)
Group riding requires a higher level of concentration and consideration for fellow riders on the road. Some of our riders have had cycling safety training or have considerable peloton riding experience and offer to share this. The committee will therefore be arranging a number of events where riders can be briefed and then apply this coaching out on the road. We encourage members from all of our groups to attend these sessions even if you are an experienced rider. We will let you know about dates and venues as soon as possible.
The accident involved a head strike on the road and the member involved was unconscious and concussed for a short period. Fortunately, a retired doctor and a nurse were in the group and provided immediate first aid. The helmet was damaged but there were no head injuries (as assessed following a precautionary scan). In the view of the doctor and witnesses, had the rider not been wearing a helmet the outcome may well have been quite different.
There have been calls for the committee to make the wearing of helmets compulsory on our organised rides as is the case with most other cycling organisations (but not Cycling UK). We are aware the issue is contentious and therefore the committee proposes to raise the matter for discussion and resolution at our forthcoming AGM.
In the meantime, the committee strongly recommends the wearing of helmets on any of our organised events and ride leaders will be asked to support and encourage this position.
ICE (in case of emergency – next of kin information)
Our Group Riding Guidelines stipulate that all riders must carry Next of Kin information on all rides.
To encourage this the club fully subsidises the OneLife ID tag for members. If you have not yet taken up this offer please contact John Child before purchase.
West Surrey CTC Committee
8 August 2018