I've discussed this before but now it's time to decide. I occasionally ride with a STAR chapter in Dallas but I think it's time to look elsewhere for riding partners.
The Chapter has yet another rider down. That's six in the last 11 months. None were wearing ATGATT and all survived. The latest one got scuffed up but didn't break anything that I know of for certain. He's home after a night in the hospital.
One drove into the side of a truck that pulled out in front of him, one got trashed trying to avoid a vehicle coming over into his lane, two got taken out at a stop by being rear ended, one (guest) wiped out on the Three Sisters (Texas ranch roads) during a ride, and the latest said only that he dropped it (no details).
None of these accidents occurred during inclement weather. The streets were clear and in the case of the latest the weather was chilly but not cold. None of the riders wore the correct safety gear although all wore helmets of some sort. 3 bikes were totaled.
I'm of the opinion that I'm in the wrong group. I began to suspect that when I found out that the Safety Captain had never heard of ATGATT and had no idea what it meant!
At the rate of one down every other month I have the definite opinion that something is wrong. Whether on a group ride or individually there's been ample warning that these folks need to gear up properly. The latest rider to go down wasn't wearing gloves and was wearing ordinary jeans and although I'm not sure what kind of jacket he might have been wearing, he received road rash on his hands, knees and elbows along with possible broken ribs which fairly screams "No Gear"!
I really, really think it's time to leave the chapter! I'm not interested in taking a turn in this roulette game! If folks get killed or crippled I don't want to have to help scrape them off the road.
It's simple, ATGATT, road awareness and caution, but they don't seem to listen. I hope they get a clue before someone dies. I won't be there to see it.