Sunday, April 21, 2013

Disaster Relief Trials: Boulder

Quick update, as this little passion of mine seems to be taking off, thanks to the help of Portland's Transportland and their Disaster Relief Trials.
In June, there will be a Cargo Bike event, sponsored by Community Cycles as part of Boulder's Walk & Bike Month.
However, the Disaster Relief Trials will be a separate, much more challenging event, most likely late Summer/early Fall. The idea, is that this will be a series so DRT events in multiple cities will be similar in the rules, challenges, distances, etc. Since last year's inaugural event was held in Portland during Pedalpalooza, a lot of the thoughts are being shared from their planning. Here are some of the details that will most likely be a part of DRTs in at least 4 cities this year, and hopefully many more to come:

  • Obstacle - one meter barrier (Which a rider would have to lift their bike/trailer/cargo over.)
  • Obstacle - 6+" water crossing (Which a rider would have to ride through with cargo.)
  • Obstacle - 400 meter+ section of rough terrain (read: mountain-bikey)
  • Cargo -100lb accumulated payload (including something fragile to simulate medicine, and something oversized like a pallet, rescue sled, etc)
  • Length - 3+ hour duration for the fastest competitors (Portland's was about a 30 mile route)
  • Communication - any level of checkpoint monitoring and event info dispatching by local ham radio operators
  • Communication - event-proof, annotated checkpoint map, given to competitors
  • Rules - Le Mans style start (running start to parked bikes), ALL traffic rules, no predefined route. 
I'll be using this blog as Boulder's DRT site for now, though we may move to a Google+ page in the near future. That way, I can share info on the other cities participating, and document our planning processes for future events. 

p.s. If you're in Boulder, and want to volunteer, donate, participate, or learn more, leave a comment, or contact me through Gmail or Google+ (DRTBldr or rorowe).

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