POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Advantages of GPS
Real Time Positioning, Getting Lost, and Getting Back on
Advantages Over Cue Sheets
and Maps • Post
with a GPS device provides so many significant benefits and advantages over
other traditional navigation methods such as paper cue
sheets and maps and painted road markings that we believe once you ride with
one you won't be able to ride without one again – we know we
can't! Riding with a GPS unit will totally enhance your cycling experience
Because of the significant benefits of GPS, we will either paint Dan Henry
markings and put up orange flags over the entire route or rely on every participant
to ride with their
own handlebar mounted GPS device.
Here for more information about GPS devices or painting
Real Time Positioning, Getting Lost, and Getting Back on Route
It is impossible to get lost when using
a GPS unit because you will always know exactly where you are and on track
on our route at all times!You
never have to worry about getting lost again!
Using a GPS unit you can easily see if you are off route and if so also
see where you got off the route and how to get back on route most
of the time.
Having participants be able to do this themselves makes our job significantly
easier because we don't have to figure out where someone is or
tell them how to get back on route and significantly
decreases the chance that we will have to go pick a rider up if they get
horribly lost in a worst case scenario. It also allows us to be allows much
more efficient and able to handle other problems on the
road that we definitely need to address in person such as medical or mechanical
Over Cue Sheets and Maps
One fatal flaw
with using maps and cue sheets that can never be overcome is that if you
don't actually know where you are they are effectively
useless. GPS units completely solve this problem by showing you your exact
current position at all times!
In fact because all you need to do is to track your
progress along the route overlaid on the GPS map, paper cue sheets and maps
effectively become unnecessary. As you follow the route on the GPS you can
intuitively see the next direction you need to take and the distance to it
just by looking at the map. Road names and road name changes also become
effectively irrelevant which is great because sometimes the name that is
actually on a road sign does not match what is printed on a map.
The maps loaded onto the GPS units have detail down to individual streets
and rivers and contain infinitely more information than any paper map or
cue sheet ever could. By zooming in and out on the GPS map you can show
as much or as little detail as you want, from showing exactly how far you
have progressed across the entire route to the name of the nearest cross
street you'll be passing next.
As opposed to paper cue sheets and maps, the GPS map screen automatically
adjusts and moves to be centered on your exact current position while riding
so you'll never have to stop and refold it or change it over. In addition,
GPS units are waterproof and can't blow away and get worn out or destroyed
from rain, sweat, or being rubbed bare in your jersey pocket.
And as opposed to painted road markings that can fade or get worn out or
torn up and orange flags that can easily come off, the route information
on a GPS unit on remains completely within our control and cannot be affected
by any external factor such as weather conditions, traffic, road construction,
Post Event Analysis
Out GPS units log the actual progress across the route of the
participants we provide them to. After the event is over, we download this
data and analyze
it so we can see the route they actually took in order to indentify tricky
spots on the route where they may have gotten lost or confused and improve
our navigation means accordingly. In addition, we also analyze their riding
paces and times in order to assure efficient and complete route staffing
and support coverage for future events.
In addition to making it easier for
participants to follow the route, when we decide that every participant
with their own GPS device instead of putting up signage on the route there are
financial benefits as well.
Painting is long, hard, backbreaking work that must be done every year.
Even though it cost a lot of money for us to initially buy a large amount
of GPS units, we can reuse our GPS units we can use them over and over again
for all of our events as opposed to only being able to use the painted marks
having using GPS devices helping the recurring cost savings
and significantly decreased
The bottom line for this is that using GPS devices instead of singage saves
time and money which we are able to pass on to our participants to keep the
cost of our events as low as
Because we don't need
to spend nearly as much money painting and flagging the route, our break
even point becomes lower and we are able to run our
events with fewer participants.
Using GPS devices is also much faster and easier, and more efficient for
our staff. We also don't need to spend nearly as much time . After our final
route scout we
at home. It's also better for the environment since we don't need to
put nearly as much paint on the roads.
When necessary we are also willing to invest in purchasing more of our GPS
units and/or rent GPS units from another company to supplement the number
of GPS units we already own.
more information about using GPS devices instead of signage.