Today I was driving in my car and happened upon a mild to moderate bike crash scene on Hwy. 12 between Lillooet and Lytton, maybe 20 km south of Lillooet (?). Very blind corner on a steep incline, sight lines were horrible to non-existent. I thought I saw a bike in a ditch and a rider reclining on a concrete barrier right off to the side of the sharpest point of the turn. Several persons were standing around so no need for me to stop.
I hope the rider is OK.
Anyhow, to my point. I have seen this scenario too many times over the years, and the last point below is quite disturbing:
- rider bails in a blind corner, very narrow road
- concerned friends pull over and check him out to make sure all is good
- in doing so, friends park their bikes along the road throughout the trickiest, blindest parts of the corner, and spanning out from there in both directions all in a row.
My advice is don't do the last point above. I don't know how many times I've come around a corner to see a melee of bikes as above. My eye is immediately drawn to the focal point which typically happens to be at or near the apex of the corner, and where the downed rider may be sitting/lying. We all know bikes and cars like to go exactly where their operators are looking.
The riders and bikes today were all placed precariously to be mowed down like so many dominos. Bear in mind the particular corner today is one that people like to take at speed.
I have no specific training, but my humble suggestion is this. First don't park your bikes or congregate where you (a) can be hit and (b) will draw attention or make a focal point for approaching riders and drivers to rubber neck and ultimately crash into you. Rather, park away from the scene as much as practicable. Secondly, maybe post a few riders (if there are many as I saw today) at opportune points on the road for both approaches into the hairpin. Those "posted" riders should be in very visible spots so that approaching cars and bikes can be cautioned by waving your hands, your junk, whatever just get their attention.
I have tried to keep this constructive, I know it's bad enough bailing. But I think this deserves some attention.
Keep it safe.