July 22, 2012
Riders who, according to the AIDS Ride for Life age policy qualify to ride only on a tandem (ages 10-13), may request an exception to this policy. Riders who are granted an exception will only be allowed to ride the 50 or 42 mile route of the AIDS Ride for Life. The initial request must come to us in writing or over email to the Ride Coordinator, Cindy Rotella (email@example.com). Requests need to be made at least 3 weeks prior to the date of the Ride. Upon receiving the request, the Ride Coordinator will ask for an explanation of the younger riders’ experience (years ridden on open roads, events in which they participated & any group riding/bike safety/rules of the road training received). The Coordinator will bring that to the AIDS Ride for Life planning committee and the Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP) administrators for review. Upon determining that this younger rider does have significant experience on the road, a test ride date is determined. This test ride will require the younger rider along with their parent/guardian (who will accompany them on the Ride) to meet with a committee member and demonstrate their knowledge and ability on the road. The younger rider will need to lead a short ride on an open road that will intentionally involve certain traffic challenges. Based on the younger rider’s demonstration of their knowledge of road rules, ability to safely navigate traffic and their experience, the AIDS Ride for Life planning committee, along with STAP administrators, will determine if the rider qualifies for an exception. If an exception is granted, the rider must have this parent or guardian with them at all times during the 42 or 50 mile route in the AIDS Ride for Life.