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Volunteer Road Marshal Duties

1. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
a. Complete this pre-race training.
b. Report to your corner at, or preferably before, the assigned time. If you have any problems, call the coordinator for your area immediately (number to be provided separately). Please do not call anyone if there is not a problem.
c. Always wear your high-visibility safety vest as your outer layer so it is clearly visible.
d. Park along a side road (not on the racecourse), at least 50m from the intersection where you will marshal. If possible, park completely off the road surface. Do not park where your vehicle will impair the vision of any motorist or competitor, or block a traffic sign or access of a nearby resident. Also, do not park where your vehicle will obstruct the emergency lights of any police car stationed at your corner.

2. COURSE MARSHAL ONSITE DUTIES
a. Direct the competitors through the intersection
b. Momentarily hold traffic as the competitors pass.
c. If you are at an intersection where a police officer is stationed, his/her primary duty is to direct motorists, and you should follow his/her detailed instructions to you. The police will control the intersection and marshals are there to assist the police officer and direct the racers.

3. USE OF BARRIERS/ROPE:
a. In general use your barriers and connected rope to keep pedestrians from crossing the road, when appropriate.
b. When safe to cross, allow pedestrians to pass between you and the barrier/s.
c. If pedestrians are ignoring directions politely but loudly request they comply. Notify your supervisor if necessary.

4. USE OF WHISTLES:
a. Whistles may be available for marshals.
b. Whistles are to be used to alert marshals at locations in close proximity along on the course that cyclists are coming.
c. Use one brief burst to indicate a single rider and 2 brief bursts to indicate a pack of cyclists.
d. If there is an unsafe condition, use an extended burst to warn oncoming racers, other marshals, motorists, spectators, etc.
e. Avoid extraneous use of whistles if you are within speaking distance of other marshals, and please do not ever let children play with a whistle.

5. USE OF RADIOS:
a. Radios may be used critical intersections (where the competitors are turning onto another road)
b. One marshal or police officer generally will have a radio per marshal post.
c. Radios are to be used primarily to listen to pace and follow vehicles that are approaching an intersection.
d. Drivers may identify which group of riders they are with, and approximately how many riders are in the group.
e. It is not necessary to re-transmit this information to the next marshal – they should be able to hear the driver’s message as well in most cases.
f. Avoid extraneous use of radios, as they are intended primarily as a listening device for marshals.
g. Radios may be used by marshals to warn pace and follow vehicles if there is an unsafe situation (accident or obstruction) at your intersection.
h. In the event of a hazardous condition on the road, briefly respond with the pertinent hazard information.

 

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