SAG Driver Information

Materials Provided by SLOBC

SAG Box: Choose the box whose number matches your assignment number.

First Aid Kit: Choose a kit. The kit is sealed. Do not open unless required. Completely remove the tape if you open the box.

SAG Signs: Tape the 3 SAG signs to the side and back windows of your vehicle. Use painters blue tape. Tape the two numbers to the front and back windows of your vehicle.

Ride Volunteer T-Shirt: Wear the T-shirt on ride day.

Materials Provided by SAG Volunteer

Gas: Full Tank of Gas

Cell Phone: You will have a HAM operator with you but a cell phone is good.

Transport: A bike rack or vehicle that can carry both bike and rider

Bike Tools: Basic set of tools if you desire. Pedal wrench

Broom: To clean glass and sand from road

Water: Bring a gallon of water, more if weather will be hot

Rider Comfort: Bring a Blanket or Sheet and Pillow for an injured cyclist

Floor Pump: Should accommodate both presta and schrader valves

California's Good Samaritan Laws

California Codes, Health and Safety Code, Section 1799.100 - 1799.111

1799.102. No person who in good faith, and not for compensation, renders emergency care at the scene of an emergency shall be liable for any civil damages resulting from any act or omission. The scene of an emergency shall not include emergency departments and other places where medical care is usually offered.

SAG Information

Cycling Behavior: If you notice riders not following good safe riding practices, try offering suggestions and if that fails, document the situation on the back of your SAG Driver Report.

Start: The course opens at 7:00 a.m.
Fill your vehicle with gas before you arrive at the start.
Be at your assigned start point on time.
Record starting mileage on SAG Driver Report form.
Attach SAG Signs to your vehicle.
Put on your T-Shirt for identification.
Turn on your headlights while on SAG duty.

Routes: Refer to the SAG Assignment sheet for your SAG number and corresponding SAG Route assignment. Assignment includes times spent on each route and lunch break target.
Try to keep between 15 to 30 minutes between drivers.
Drive back and forth on you route during the time you are assigned to the route.
Do not pass riders if you do not have good sight lines for oncoming traffic.
Check with all riders that are stopped.
Watch riders in your rear view mirror as you pass to see if they signal for help.
Move to the next route at the times indicated.
Take lunch break as indicated.
Make notes that would improve future SAG plans.
Your time may be extended to meet transport needs if the weather becomes hot or inclement.

Rest/Food Stops: Stop at ALL rest/food stops and talk with the HAM operator and Rest Stop Captain to see if there is someone that needs help or a ride.

Transports & Incidents: Provide Net Control with the names of people you transport to the start. Put Incident reports in the box at the Net Control.

Route Markings & Signs: Report any missing route arrows or signs to Net Control.

Sweep: If you have sweep responsibilities, notify the rest/food stop captain when all riders have arrived and make sure all riders have completed the route before moving on to next route.
Notify Course Monitors when all riders have passed them.
Pick up ride signs as you make your final sweep. Look for large orange signs on roads bringing cars onto the ride route.
Bring a pair of wire cutters to help with sign removal.
Separate metal supports and signs.
Put signs on the truck at the Lunch Stop or at the end of the ride no later than 5:30 pm.

Bike Repairs: There is a repair station at the beginning of the ride and at the lunch stop. Transport people to have their bikes repaired when appropriate so that they can finish the ride.

Course Close: Course closes at 5:00 p.m. Offer stragglers a SAG ride to the start and notify them that they will be on their own if they turn this down.

Repairs & Transports

When Approaching a rider that is stopped because of mechanical problems or an incident, please remember the following.

Do not park on the shoulder unless absolutely necessary. You do not want to force other riders out into the vehicle lane. Park off the shoulder.

Park to place your vehicle between oncoming traffic and the rider.

Turn on your warning signals.

Ask if the rider wants to be transported to a repair station if repairs are needed. There is a mechanic at the start early and lunch stop later.

The names of any riders transported to the start should be given to the Net Control at the start in the event of inquires from riding partners.

Incidents

Determine the extent of any injuries.

If injuries seem serious refer to the Accident Handling & Documentation below to assist in assessment and process.

If injuries are serious and further medical attention is needed call 911. Give the operator the location of the accident and any information you can about the injuries.

Do not transport riders to the hospital — call 911.

If injuries are simple, provide first aid as appropriate.

Call Net Control and provide the particulars of the accident.

Other Contact Numbers:
CHP-SLO: 593-3300
CHP-Templeton: 434-1822
SLO Sheriff: 781-4550
Morro Bay Police: 772-6225
Cambria Ambulance: 927-8304
San Luis Ambulance: 543-2626
Sierra Vista Medical Center: 546-7600
Twin Cities Hospital: 434-3500

Incident Handling & Documentation

Any incident involving a motor vehicle must be reported to the California Highway Patrol immediately.

All injuries brought to staff attention during the ride must be documented on an Incident Report Form.

Call Emergency Medical Services (EMS) by dialing 911, for any injury where it is reasonable and prudent to seek medical attention.

Examples of these types of injuries are:
Excess bleeding
Loss of consciousness, for any period of time
Loss of feeling, movement or circulation in any extremity
Any significant blow to the head or chest
Any injury resulting in difficulty breathing, chest or abdominal pain, blurred vision, headache, ringing in the ears, vomiting or disorientation.
Any suspected fracture (deformation, crepitus and/or discoloration)
Any injury that creates reasonable doubt that the rider will be unable to finish the ride

In some instances, existing medical conditions may create some of these symptoms, absent of any injury or accident. These instances should be treated as an injury and require the same notifications and documentation.

While awaiting EMS personnel, the rider should be encouraged to remain calm and minimize movement that may aggravate the injury. If there is any complaint of neck or back pain, instruct the rider to lay down and minimize movement. Hold the rider's head and neck to minimize movement. This may be delegated to another rider when practical.

You may need to leave the rider to make notifications. Whenever possible, do not leave the rider alone. Return to the rider as soon as notifications are made. Do not attempt to transport the rider prior to the arrival of EMS.

Some Simple Tests That Indicate Problems:
Asked to Smile: The smile is not symmetrical.
Stick Tongue Out: The tongue Is not centered.

Riders may refuse medical treatment and assistance. If possible, await the arrival of EMS personnel so that the rider can be checked. If the rider still refuses, he/she may sign a release of liability for the EMS agency. If the rider refuses to wait for the EMS personnel, he/she must sign the release of liability section of the Incident Report Form. If the rider refuses to sign, document this on the form. Note: The rider must be fully oriented and coherent to refuse treatment.

Document all injuries to the rider on the Incident Report Form.

Notify Net Control of all accidents and injuries as soon as possible.