I seem to write something about this about once a year somewhere. Hope it helps. This year was tragic in what has made me write. As big rides are happening all over right now I hope this reminder keeps someone safe!
I worked as a Sag vehicle this past weekend at a ride that has been been going on for many years in Wisconsin. This year we had our first fatality. A decent rider in his 40's in a nice paceline group was bumped, or bumped another rider, lost control on a downhill, fell across the road into the oncoming lane and was hit by a pickup that in trying to avoid him went off the road itself. The rider passed away later and the driver was hospitalized. An accident in all ways, but something to keep in mind - when vehicle traffic is coming, please pay attention. A loss of attention could mean a lot greater loss. This is a nightmarish scenario but one that has crossed many of our minds. So please stay alert! I hope I never have to deal with another incident like this.