Safety

Safety is the Number One Priority at the Brisbane Triathlon Club. Of the three disciplines, cycling is by far-and-away the most dangerous – and, unfortunately, death and major injury to cyclists is not uncommon.

FOLLOW THE STEPS CYCLING RISK MANAGEMENT


As a way of augmenting the safety of our members (and the public), the Brisbane Triathlon Club has prepared a ‘Cycling risk management hierarchy’, outlined below. We require all potential participants of our club rides to be familiar with and comply with the recommendations outlined in this hierarchy.

Avoid the Risk (most preferred)

Minimise the Risk (preferred)

Manage the Risk (Least preferred)


The good folk at Port Macquarie Cycling Club also provide some great tips on cycling etiquette, which we also recommend all members apply at all times.

If you have ANY questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact our club coach, Brad Dalrymple, or one of our session facilitators.

AVOID THE RISK

The following methods are recommended to AVOID risks to safety whilst cycling:

Stationary cycling

01. Cycling on a stationary trainer is a fantastic way to maximise your personal safety AND your cycling strength and fitness.

02. Not only are the majority of cycling hazards completely removed, cycling on stationary training is estimated to be approximately twice as effective as ‘road cycling’ due to a range of reasons (e.g. not waiting at traffic lights).

03. Bike shops also sell a range of ‘stationary trainers’, including the extremely popular Wahoo Kickr, which can be used in your own home.

04. ‘Ride Inside’ provide indoor cycling sessions, and we highly recommend our members train here.

MINIMIMSE THE RISK

There are a range of actions that we recommend to our members to MINIMISE risks to safety whilst cycling:

MANAGE THE RISK

There are a range of actions that we recommend to our members to MANAGE risks to safety whilst cycling:
Triathlon Australia or Cycling Queensland Membership
  • All cyclists riding on club rides MUST be a member of either Triathlon Australia or Cycling Queensland.
  • Road id bracelet:
  • In the highly unlikely and unfortunate event that a cyclist is not conscious, it can be extremely difficult to make contact with next of kin to let them know how or where you are (so they can suitably assist, etc). A road id bracelet (www.roadid.com) allows fellow cyclists to know who and how they can contact in such circumstances.
  • First aid training:
  • Many of our members have first aid training (some a lot more than others !!). But, we highly recommend all cyclists receive first aid training (and be familiar with appropriate first aid methods).
  • Video technology:
  • A little video evidence can go a long way to demonstrating how any accident occurs. Several of our members utilise technology such as Fly6 whilst cycling. Chat to the guys at Bicycle Riders to learn more about these products, and again we recommend that cyclists utilise these.
  • SAFETY COMES FIRST TIPS FOR SAFER RUNNING


    Running can be a little hazardous at times too. As a way of augmenting the safety of our members (and the public), the Brisbane Triathlon Club has prepared the following ‘Safe Running Tips’, outlined below. We require all potential participants of our club runs to be familiar with and comply with the recommendations outlined in these tips.

    Keep off the roads:

    When there is a safe alternative (e.g. footpath), stay off the roads.

    Stay Alert:

    Always stay alert and aware of what’s going on around you.

    Keep tunes at home:

    No earphones are permitted in any of our club runs.

    Go Against the Flow:

    If possible, run against road traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles. By facing on-coming traffic, you may be able to react quicker than if it is behind you.

    First aid training:

    Many of our members have first aid training (some a lot more than others !!). But, we highly recommend all members receive first aid training (be familiar with appropriate first aid methods).

    Road id bracelet:

    This allows you to identify yourself and any pertinent medical alerts In the highly unlikely and unfortunate event that a runner is not conscious (www.roadid.com).

    Take care on wet surfaces:

    The likelihood of slips and falls significantly increase when the running surface (e.g. footpath, boardwalk) is wet.

    Point out, call, and safely avoid hazards:

    All runners should call (for the benefit of runners behind) and safely avoid hazards.

    Look both ways before crossing:

    Be sure the driver of a car acknowledges your right-of-way before crossing in front of a vehicle. Obey traffic signals.

    Keep left:

    On shared paths, allow riders or another runners to pass safely on your right. Pass other riders and groups on your left and let them know you are passing them (e.g. “passing on your right”, “runner back”).

    Have a buddy:

    Runners are asked to select a ‘buddy’ – another member of the running group. It is each buddy’s responsibility to ensure that their buddy gets home ok. So, ideally the buddies should stay within eyesight of each other at all times during the run.

    Be a Disco Ball:

    If you’re running in the dark, wear a headlamp, carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing. Even if it’s not dark, be bright and snazzy. Life’s too short not to be in fluoro.