A few guys started a bike club in town about a year ago. They did it formally, drafted a constitution, were incorporated, joined LAB. Things were going well at first and there were a few rides this Spring, but now pretty much all activity has stopped. The club board didnít want to purchase liability insurance as it would eat up all of the club funds. Club rides pretty much stopped as people became afraid to host rides due to liability issues. Some members of the club continued to ride with other members but kept it all on the down low. Basically now the club is pretty much defunct as no one posts on the forum, there is no weekly or any rides for that matter. Iím a member of this club and am sad to see this happen.
I donít really understand the law, but it seems to me that any club that does virtually anything would want insurance.
But since its looking like this club is dead I was wondering about something that was totally informal. No club, no board, no membership, nothing written down on paper. Basically a website with a forum where people can post that they are taking a ride somewhere, make sure the posts are not written as invitations just a statement of fact. Something like, ďIíll be riding 40 miles Saturday leaving from the school parking lot at 7AM.Ē
Would the person who made that post be taking any kind of liability if someone got hurt while they just happened to be riding their bikes on the same stretch of road? They werenít invited; they just happened to be sharing the same stretch of public ground as a few other riders.
If this sounds stupid to you then good, because it sounds completely ignorant to me. But this is what our legal system as brought me down too.