One of our goals for the 2015 Tulip Ride is to make it safer than ever before. Some accidents are bound to happen… people drop bikes, misjudge surface conditions, or just plain lose their focus. It’s part of riding, and we Tulip Riders are great about stopping to help anyone in need and ensuring they’re safely back on the road.
Last year, we had an accident or two related to people trying to keep up with the pack. Our group is large enough that it spans several miles of highway. While we encourage everyone to learn the route beforehand, it’s a natural concern to keep up with the pack. This can result in riders riding beyond their limits and having an accident.
We received lots of feedback that this could be improved, and we heard you! We’ve improved our ride plan, and in 2015, we hope to alleviate this altogether.
For this first time since the very early Tulip Ride days, we will be riding up in smaller packs of 10-25 bikes, instead of a single pack of 300+. This will enable smaller groups of bikes to stay together, get through traffic, and arrive at the tulip fields safely. Each pack will have a designated leader, donning a blaze orange vest, so that they’re easily visible to everyone in the pack. We’ll stagger the pack departures by a few minutes to give lots of room between each pack.
Every year, dozens of people offer to help participate in planning the next year’s ride. Here is your chance to help! We need experienced riders to act as pack leads. These are folks who not only love supporting the Tulip Ride charities, but also want to give a little more by helping to make the ride a success. Ideal candidates are:
- Veteran motorcyclists with 10+ years of riding experience
- Are registered for the 2015 Tulip Ride
- Own a motorcycle and are licensed (endorsed) to ride it
- Can free up two weekend days between now and April to ride the route
- Are available to meet at 8:00 a.m. on ride day
- Have ridden on at least one Tulip Ride before
- Care about riding enough to help ensure that others have a fun and safe time
2015 is shaping up to be one of our best, most fun, and safest rides to date. Thanks for the feedback that spurred these ideas and thanks in advance to those who volunteer as pack leads!
-The Tulip Ride