The Club is committed to rider safety and we are embarked on a programme to train First Aiders. Watch Facebook for details of this project
If you hold a first aid qualification you might like to consider letting the club know this
British Cycling offers some excellent advice for both road and off road click here to see
Some key points from their excellent articles are summarized below:-
If you are riding with a friend or in a group do you know what to do in the event of an accident? Crashes are rare, but they can and do happen: being prepared can make all the difference.
If you’re riding on your own or in a group, carry some form of ID and an unlocked mobile phone with an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number stored in the contacts.
If you’re riding with a group and someone has an accident and is injured, or you witness another cyclist getting injured, consider your own safety, the safety of other members of your group, the on-going safety of the casualty and the safety of other road users as you don’t want to make the situation worse. Use other members of the group to ensure that other road users are aware of the accident scene. Make sure that all injured parties are safe from further harm. If you suspect any injury to the spine, try your upmost not to move them
Find out if anyone in your group or at the scene has any first aid qualifications and follow their instructions or, if you hold a qualification, follow the procedures you have learned.
If you have any doubts about whether you’ve been injured, especially if you hit your head, go to your nearest Accident and Emergency or Minor Injuries department to get checked out. If you suspect you may have suffered a head injury, call an ambulance straight away and do not attempt to cycle any further
Contact the emergency services. Dial 999 or 112. Even if your network hasn’t got coverage, you still may be able to make a 999 call. Be prepared to give them details of your location, what happened and any information you’re able to provide on the casualty.
What Else to Do?
If you have an accident but don’t think you’re seriously injured, make sure first that you and your bike are clear of the road and traffic.
If there is a vehicle involved, and the driver has stopped or there were any witnesses, exchange details, including registration numbers, in the same way as if you had been involved in any traffic accident.
Report the accident to the police as quickly as possible. Any delay is likely to lessen your case if a claim of prosecution is to be made.