Frequently Asked Questions
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FIRST RAMBLE WITH US
For your safety and so that you will have some idea of the difficulty of the ramble, we categorise our rambles as Cat 1, 2 or 3. We consider that Cat 1 and Cat 2 rambles are safe for your first ramble. Some of the Cat 3 rambles have a star against them indicating that they are also suitable for your first ramble. They will appear in the Programme as Cat 3*.
HOW DOES DR MANAGE ITS LOAN SCOOTERS?
We have a small fleet of off-road loan scooters (currently Trampers) for those over 18 who do not have their own – or who cannot transport their own scooter to rambles.
The scooters are brought to rambles with the battery fully charged and each scooter has stick/crutch holders and a bag on the back to carry your lunch and spare coat etc.
Some of the scooters were gifted to DR or were left to us in members’ wills and others were purchased specifically for use as loan scooters. They are maintained and housed over winter by committee members and towed to rambles by volunteers.
Please note that scooters are loaned on the understanding that they will be driven in a way which protects the safety of others and guards against damage to property. Each user will be responsible for reimbursing us for any damage they cause to our Loan Scooter – or damage they cause to other scooters or property.
DR has full public liability and third party insurance but we do not insure our loan scooters against damage as the cost would be prohibitive.
A loan scooter must be booked in advance using the Booking Form; you cannot just turn up at a ramble and get one.
We spend a substantial amount annually on transporting, maintaining and insuring our loan scooters, so we charge £15 to help meet this cost.
Members normally send a cheque for the loan scooter along with the ramble fee
Loan scooters are only available on one of our main-programme rambles – not Regional Rambles – and we cannot guarantee that a scooter will be available on all rambles on the programme.
To ensure a fair distribution across those wishing to book a loan scooter, we normally limit to six the number of bookings per member per year.
There may be opportunities to book further loan scooters later in the year, near the date of the ramble, so please do enquire.
You first ramble with us must be on a ramble which we have categorised as being safe for this purpose. That is, Cat 1, Cat 2 or Cat 3* (that is a Cat 3 which is judged to be suitable as a first ramble).
Before you borrow a loan scooter for the first time you will be instructed in its use and assessed on your ability to control it to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Please remember to allow at least 40 minutes for this when planning your first ramble
If you have concerns about your ability to manage a scooter it would be useful to discuss the matter in advance with our rambles organiser by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org . He may be able to help you himself or he may refer you to the organiser of the specific ramble you are interested in.
Please see the separate page on Safety
IS IT POSSIBLE TO SHARE A LOAN SCOOTER WITH SOMEONE WHO, LIKE ME, CAN WALK SOME DISTANCE BUT COULD NOT COMPLETE A FULL RAMBLE?
Yes, this is possible at the discretion of the booking secretary.
If you wish to share a Loan Scooter for a ramble it is advisable, but not essential, to find your own “partner” to share a scooter for the day – but if you cannot do that our booking secretary will put you in touch with any other person who approaches her wishing to share a loan scooter for that particular ramble.
Please state on the booking form that you would like to share a loan scooter and enclose a cheque for the full fee (ie £5 ramble fee, plus £15 for use of the scooter). If no one else requests a share you will then have the scooter for yourself for the whole day – and you will be responsible for taking care of it throughout.
If a second person asks to share a loan scooter on the same ramble, the booking secretary will put them in touch with you and it will then be for you to decide with the second person what proportion of the time each of you will ride and, as a consequence, how much of the scooter fee the other person should pay back to you. Financial arrangements are explicitly for you to work out with your “partner” and the booking secretary will not become involved. However it will still be necessary for your ‘partner’ to book on the ramble.
If you yourself have to cancel this “shared” booking, your “partner” then becomes liable to pay the whole booking fee and will have sole responsibility for the scooter.