gagagiste wrote:I am sorry I disagree, this tread should remain in Public Policy. If 'The Club' is unable/unwilling, via the Members Groups, to offer encouragement to young riders it is clearly a matter of Public Policy. Don't just sweep it under the carpet.
Whatever way anyone tries to do this, it all comes down to volunteers in the end. CTC does encourage Groups to offer rides suitable for beginners and families. Many of the Groups already do this. Those that don't cannot be forced to do so. Any attempts to force this on Groups would only result in theGroups losing their volunteers.
However, a teenager who wishes to ride with a Group possibly wants to go on the normal day rides. They may not want to go on "family rides". They may be too strong/too experienced for Beginners' rides. If they are excluded because Ride Leaders are uncomfortable having them on the rides CTC cannot force the Ride Leaders to accept them. Ultimately if CTC were to say Groups have to accept absolutely anyone who turns up because to exclude would be discriminatory then you could not exclude someone who was clearly incapable of riding safely in a group, or somebody whose cycle was unroadworthy.
CTC can only offer guidance to Groups and Volunteers. Adding rules would spell the end of most of our Groups.