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tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 22nd, 2009 01:47 am (UTC) (base camp)
It's a charity bicycle ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association, similar to a walk. You get people to donate, and ride or walk this course to raise awareness for your cause. And yes, they need lots of crew. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer has hundreds of them, to handle check-in (2700+ walkers and crew, it's busy!), quick stops, rest stops, the Wellness Village where the walkers stay overnight, the medical requirements, route signage, garbage pickup, sweep vans to pick up people who can't walk anymore or have hurt themselves, and us on the Moto Crew who help with traffic at tricky intersections and sweep the route to make sure everyone's all right. They use motorcycles because we're more flexible and can go places and find parking where cages can't.

The bike rides are similar, but a little faster, and you won't work the whole route. This is the job description I got from the Moto Team Leader:

Under the direction of the Logistics Coordinators and with help from the Safety & Gear teams, the Motorcycle Safety team will work to ensure the safest possible conditions for all of our Cyclists and Volunteers.

The Motorcycle Safety team’s primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1. Patrolling the route at a low speed and staying alert to rider safety, e.g., keeping Cyclists in single file, assisting injured or downed Cyclists, etc.
2. Establishing a leap frog strategy along the route.
3. Functioning as a crossing guard at especially tricky intersections along the route.
4. Alerting and directing Cyclist traffic through difficult and hazardous sections of the route.
5. Communicating regularly with the Road Dispatch regarding emergencies.
6. Communicating regularly with Safety & Gear Leader.
7. Working within state and local traffic laws and with Police along the route.

At each Rest Stop, Motorcycle Safety Crew members will check-in with the Rest Stop Team Leader and verify all communications are in working order. They will also contact Road Dispatch & the Moto Team Leader via cell phone to communicate their location, get updates on the condition of the route and indicate what their new position/location will be along the route.

Basically, we keep people safe.
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 24th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Cool, let me know -- I'll find out if Charlie is still looking for riders.
9 trips or shoot the rapids