Awesome, I really hope it gets accepted fully and gathers the support it deserves. As an advanced paramedic practitioner in the UK, we truly value the service provided by the blood bikers. I hope you manage to find an insurance provider that will cover you and eventually gain enough support hat you no longer have to provide your own bike. good luck.I went for a scoot about town this afternoon in my Blood Bikes Australia volunteers rig.
Notwithstanding that in Canberra we haven’t yet formalised support arrangements with health service providers, the national BBA organiser encouraged volunteers get out to help raise awareness of International Blood Bikes Day. It‘s a ‘national day’ in UK, but our organiser, Peter, decided to adopt the day and make it ‘international’. Peter set BBA up as a retirement project, having an acquaintance involved in the UK Blood Bikes.
The service is modelled loosely on the UK Blood Bikers but less formalised. We are simply a collection of volunteers, with no hierarchy or committee of management, who operate under a common code and under arrangements organised centrally with each supported health care provider. The intent is to provide surge capacity rather than be integrated into daily operations so that there’s no suggestion we’re doing anyone out of a job.
We use our own bikes, cover our own operating costs, and provide our own vests and carry case. Tasks range across carrying blood, pathology samples (including COVID-19 tests), pharmaceuticals, breast milk and medical documentation.
The only complication is that some insurers, like mine (QBE), refuse coverage if the bike is used for courier services. I put the case to them that this exclusion should be constrained to commercial courier services rather than philanthropic activity on the basis that:
All this fell on deaf ears, so I’m changing my insurer (which I advised them I would do if they wouldn’t provide cover). Their explanation after ‘lengthy and deep consideration’ was that they’ve never covered courier services and that’s what the PDS says. 🙄
- We sign up to be courteous to other road users and obey all road rules when on task
- We are under no time pressure, either by the service provider or self imposed (such as getting to the next Uber Eats delivery to make more money)
- We wear hiviz vests (which I’d not normally wear)
- Our cargo is precious so we are mindful of being extra cautious when on task
Looking forward to my first task. View attachment 108652