Road Captains have the ultimate control & responsibility
for group movement & safety. If you think you have what it takes to
become a Road Captain, contact one of the officers to let them know you are
interested. In addition to our current Road Captains, we have a program in
place for Road Captains in Training.
have just volunteered for the most challenging and rewarding positions
within a riding club. Once
you have been appointed or elected as a Road Captain, you will have joined
a very special team that will help plan, organize, and execute club rides.
The following guidelines have been developed to give you a basic
understanding of the responsibilities and recommended qualifications
expected of Road Captains, and the methods employed to help ensure
everyone's safe return home after an enjoyable ride.
for the safety and welfare of all individuals within the group, and any
surrounding motorists or pedestrians.
the group to its destination and back in a well-organized, disciplined,
and safe manner.
creating hazardous situations.
the most knowledgeable of the state laws and safe riding guidelines.
CAPTAIN RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONS:
a current and valid motorcycle driver's license.
current and valid motorcycle insurance, with no less than the MINIMUM
required by the state for street riding purposes.
maintaining a current First Aid/CPR certification.
completed a MSF Rider Course.
accepted by club officers as a Ride Captain.
& understanding of people should be a high priority.
Remember, you were once a new rider.
Deal with problems & issues as you would want to be treated.
full charge of the group until arrival at the destination.
lead the group in a manner consistent with the objectives and guidelines
as stated herein, and will execute his or her best judgment in situations
not specifically covered in these guidelines.
brief other assigned Road Captains & Tail Gunners as to route,
responsibilities, and other details pertinent to the ride prior to
conduct a rider's briefing prior to departure
(May assign a Safety
Officer to conduct the Safety Briefing).
be responsible for the final decision with regard to ride termination due
to inclement weather, hazardous conditions, or other difficult or unsafe
instruct any rider to ride in a specific position within the group, or
leave the group entirely, for reasons of misconduct, disorderly or unsafe
riding, or faulty/unsafe equipment. Common
sense and tact should be used.
a well-maintained First Aid kit is present on ride.
to insure a well-stocked tool kit is present on ride.
a cell phone is present for 911 purposes.
other cell phones and first aid kits.
Should the Road
Captain not possess a cell phone, designate a 911-notification caller within the
establish and maintain a uniform speed consistent with the ability of the
least experienced rider, and with consideration of safe road conditions,
traffic, and weather conditions.
be responsible for initiating all maneuvers within traffic in a
"safety first" manner.
lead the standard formation of a staggered double row, in one traffic
be at the head of the group, and will ride just to the left of lane
maintain a safe following distance by using the MINIMUM 3 second rule
between the group and any vehicle ahead.
This distance may be increased at the discretion of the Road
Captain, but will NOT be decreased.
command the group to a single file formation when they cannot maintain
visual control of the road conditions ahead over a MINIMUM of a 4 second
distance, narrow road, mountain/curvy roads, traveling directly adjacent
to parked vehicles, or any other condition which may severely restrict the
ability of individual group members to perform emergency avoidance
The urgency to inform the Road Captain is left to the
discretion of the observing Tail Gunner.
Welcome riders and introduce Road Captains
Define destination and outline route
Determine gas stop requirements
Outline itinerary for the day
Determine return plans if applicable
Review riding standards (Usually conducted by Safety Officer)
Staggered position and
Entrance and exit
Single file procedures
Broken bike procedure
Locate cell phones and first aid kits
Designate 911 notification
Determine riding group by size, skill level, & cruising speed
Remind everyone to have fun, and to ride safely.