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This document is about the roles and responsibilities of the Road Captains (RCs) and the types of things they are doing for the Chapter and watching for on rides. It is not meant to cover every eventuality nor is it meant to be complete and comprehensive.
The Board of Directors (BOD) and RC members recognize that our Chapter is a social club – and that we all want to “Ride and Have Fun!” If we aren’t accomplishing that goal, please talk to us so we can make necessary adjustments – as long as it’s not at the expense of safety.
Chapter Road Captains (RCs) are volunteers who are nominated and selected from within our members on an “as needed, space available” basis – when the BOD determines the need to add or replace existing RCs. RCs serve at the discretion of our sponsor (Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson), the BOD, and the Head RC.
Road Captains are Ambassadors of Fort Bragg H.O.G. and should act accordingly.
RCs will conduct themselves to the highest ethical measure at all times while representing Fort Bragg H.O.G.. RCs will provide requested assistance to the BOD and the Head RC on every Chapter ride or event.
RCs will continue to develop and maintain high levels of riding skills and make themselves available to assist any chapter member with riding skills assessment or assistance.
The Head RC also acts as the spokesperson for the RC group and helps support the RCs in enforcing the rules as outlined herein. If any RC is uncomfortable in speaking to a member regarding an issue, the RC should take the matter to the Head RC.
Road Captains meet on a monthly basis to plan Chapter Rides.
All RCs are responsible for ensuring safety on all Chapter rides and events. Any rider that does not take safety as seriously as us is the person we need to worry about. Although we strive to have fun during all Chapter rides and events, it is better to end the ride/event then to have ANY avoidable safety issues. To that end:
All road captains should be proactive in looking for, and addressing, riders or situations that could be deemed unsafe for the ride participants.
Be courteous, diplomatic, and tactful when approaching any rider when addressing safety concerns.
Explain the problem, and offer suggestions to correct it.
NEVER address the issue in front of others! Discuss issues privately to minimize their embarrassment or defensiveness. Treat them with respect and minimize causing them offense.
If the problem persists, discuss it with the Assistant Director, Director, or Head RC.
If necessary, the decision to remove an unsafe rider from the group is the prerogative of the ride’s Lead RC, the Chapter’s Head RC, or any Board member.
All RCs will carry a blank copy of the H.O.G. Accident Report Form at all times.
Road Captains will make themselves available to assist with all aspects needed during any emergency – such as an accident or re-routing due to unforeseen road closure or construction.
RCs should constantly be monitoring the following issues during rides. Be on the lookout for riders who:
The Lead Road Captain’s responsibilities start by pre-determining the route for the ride. The Lead RC then conducts at least one (1) pre-ride to validate the assumptions about the route and that it will be safe and logistically workable for the expected capabilities of our members. This includes:
The Wing’s primary responsibility is to monitor the riders in the group and keep the Lead RC informed through constant communication via pre-determined hand signals or C.B.. Specific communication to the Lead RC should include;
when apparent, to occupy the driving lane to the right or left in anticipation of lane changes needed by the Lead RC – effectively protecting the lane for the group in front of you
watch for problems with the group in front of you and be prepared to lend assistance if needed and assist in reorganizing the group after stops.