Southeastern

CLUB

Safety Recommendations
Scheduled Group Rides

 

Adopted By Governing Board and General
Membership, March 2004

 

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Southeastern Cushman Club (SECC) Safety Committee

Gene Martin, "Twig Branch, & Frank Wyatt

 

Mission Statement

The role of the SECC Safety Committee was to develop minimal guidelines that will help improve safety, enjoyment, and confidence on all scheduled Club rides.

We all love scooters and riding, but large group, scheduled rides present unique safety issues. Group safety becomes the priority when it is now common to have as many as 50 or more scooters participating in scheduled rides. It may be helpful to keep in mind that when one chooses to go on scheduled, group rides, s/he is giving up a little personal freedom for this kind of fun. Our goal is to have all scooter drivers operating and following the same basic information and procedures. The primary purpose of which is to promote safety, pleasure, pride, and increased confidence when driving in and with large groups. Additionally, it is the Club's hope that these Guidelines will create an increased awareness of safety with the result being improved riding habits for all members.

NOTE

It is the policy of the SECC that each individual driver is responsible for controlling his/her scooter in a safe manner. Furthermore, it is the scooter driver's responsibility to be sure that his/her scooter is in good, road worthy condition prior to going on any Club scheduled rides. The SECC, its officers, and sponsors do not assume any liability for individuals on scheduled or non-scheduled rides. Any "mishap" to scooters and/or drivers/passengers that may occur on ANY ride is/are the sole responsibility of the scooters' driver(s)/passenger(s).

 

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SECC Safety Recommendations

RE: Group Scheduled Rides

1.
All scooter drivers must be registered at the scooter meet to participate in scheduled rides.
   
2.
It is the responsibility of all scooter drivers going on scheduled rides to attend the pre-ride meeting(s).
   

3.

It is the responsibility of all scooter drivers participating in scheduled rides to see that their scooter is in good, safe, roadworthy condition.
   
4.
It is each scooter driver's responsibility to adhere to all State regulations /or laws concerning the use of a motorcycle/scooter on public roads.
   

5.

 

It is each scooter driver's responsibility to manage his/her scooter in a safe manner. Any "mishap" to scooters and/or drivers/passengers that may occur is the sole responsibility of the scooter's driver/passenger.
   

6.

 

Scheduled group rides should generally be ridden in a staggered formation with a minimum, 2 second interval between scooters (no side by side riding-unless otherwise indicated by the ride captain/escorts, ie., during sweeping turns).
   
7.
No "racing" during group rides.
   
8.
No passing during group rides except for emergencies.
   
9.
It is the scooter driver's responsibility to learn the "hand signals" that will be used during group rides.
   
10.
All scheduled rides will have a RIDE CAPTAIN(s) whose appointment is the responsibility of the meet's host(s).
   

11.

 

 

Maps of all scheduled rides should be available to all members in advance (in the registration packets) & at the pre-ride meeting(s). The maps should include the date, time, location, and duration of the pre-ride meeting(s). The map(s) should also include the date, time, length, starting, and ending locations, any stops, and maximum speed (not to exceed 50 MPH) of the ride.
   
12.
Scooter drivers should not participate in group scheduled rides when the stated maximum speed exceeds the limits of their scooters.
   

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RE: Scooter Meet Host(s)

1.
The host has the responsibility to appoint a road captain for each scheduled group ride.
   
2.
The host has the responsibility to list all scheduled pre-ride meeting(s) and ride(s) in the meet's program of events.
   
3.
The host has the responsibility to see that maps of all scheduled rides are placed in all registration packets.
   
4.
The host has the responsibility to have extra ride map(s) available for the pre-ride meeting(s).
   
5.
The host has the responsibility to make arrangements for law enforcement escorts at the front and rear of each scheduled ride.
   

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RE: Ride Captain(s), Ride Escorts

1.

 

 

It is the ride captain(s) responsibility to make a map of the scheduled ride. The map should include: The time, date, & location for the pre-ride meeting, as well as the time, date, & location the ride will start & end. Also on the ride map is the total ride time, any stops, maximum speed (not exceed 50 mph), & local emergency numbers.

 
2.
The ride captain(s) should be sure extra maps are available at the pre-ride scooter meeting.
 

3.

 

 

It is the ride captain(s) responsibility to conduct the pre-ride meeting. The meeting should include an overview of the ride's route, starting and ending times, & locations, any planned stops, a review of riding & safety procedures, and anything else that is relevant to the particular ride. Time should be allotted for questions and answers.
   
4.
It is the ride captain(s) responsibility to appoint sufficient escorts for the scheduled group ride.
   

5.

 

 

The ride captain(s) should assign one "escort" scooter to ride in the staggered formation for every 10 scooters going on the ride. They will help in keeping the riders in formation, at speed, & be easily accessible if any assistance is needed.
   

6.

There should be a minimum of 2 lead, escort scooters at the start of the riding group (one or more with a speedometer).
   
7.
There should be a minimum of 2 escort scooters (tail gunners) at the rear of the riding group.
   

8.

 

The ride captain(s) and escorts should wear orange safety vests so that they will be easily identifiable to all riders. Only ride captain(s) & escorts should be wearing orange safety vests.
   

9.

 

There should be a minimum of 1 pickup vehicle per 20 scooters going on the ride which follow behind the scooter group. Each vehicle should carry a basic first aide kit, gas can, & basic tools.
   

10.

 

Consideration should be given to equipping the ride captain(s), escorts, and pickup vehicles with a hands free intercom system so as to have immediate oral communication at any time.
   
11.
The ride captain(s), escorts, and pickup vehicles should all carry cell phones.

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RE: Motor Scooters

Basic Recommendations: Scooters
Optimal Recommendations: Scooters
1.
Operational Rear Brake
1.
Operational Front & Rear Brakes
       
2.
Functional Brake & Tail Light
2.
Functional Head,Tail,& Brake Lights
       
3.
Driver Foot Rests/Pegs
3.
Driver & Passenger Foot Rests/Pegs
       
4.
One Rear View Mirror
4.
Two Rear View Mirrors
       
5.
Functional Kick Stand (2 Wheel Scooter)
5.
Windshield
       
   
6.
Device(s) To Lock/Secure Scooter
       
   
7.
Engine "Kill" Switch
       
   
8.
Crash (Engine/Case) Guards
       
   
9.
Operational Horn
       

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RE: Drivers & Passengers

 

Basic Recommendations: Drivers & Passengers

 

Optimal Recommendations: Drivers & Passengers

1.

DOT Approved Helmet(s)

1.

DOT Approved Full Face Helmet(s)

2.

Eye Protection

2.

DOT Approved Eye Protection

3.

Riding Gloves

3.

Leather Riding Gloves

4.

Long Pants
4.

Long Leather Plants

5.

Shoes
5.
Leather Boots That Cover The Ankles

6.

Valid Driver's License with Motorcycle Endorsement
6.
Valid Driver's License with Additional AMA/MSF Training

 
 
7.
Current Liability Insurance on Scooter
7.
Full Insurance on The Scooter

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Hand Signals

 

Ready To Ride
Road Hazard
Back Off

 

 

Start Your Engines
Stop
Ride Single File

 

 

Left Turn
Slow Down
Staggered Formation

 

 

Right Turn
Close Ranks/Speed Up
Time For A Pit Stop

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