Free riders rob charity bike event
Cheapskates have short-changed participants in Bicycle Queensland’s Great Brisbane Bike Ride by joining the ride without registering and paying for the privilege.
The thoughtless free riders were captured in official event photos riding alongside registered participants along the Inner City Bypass, which was closed to all other traffic on the day.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said the behaviour was disappointing.
“Hosting an event of this scale is extremely hard work for a small organisation like Bicycle Queensland, with high costs for road closures, special duty police officers, medical command, and insurance protection for members of the community who support us by taking part,” she said.
“It’s embarrassing to see a number of people brazenly riding in a charity event without registering.
“We go to great lengths to ensure the health and safety of all riders, trying to keep costs down so that all riders receive value for their entry fee.
“Free riders drive costs up and undermine the safety protocols of the event, carelessly riding alongside the very people they are short-changing.”
About 2000 recreational bike riders took part in the ride on April 29, which was fully catered with rest stops and support along the route.
“Road closures and fully catered rest stops don’t come cheaply,” Ms Savage said.
“I would urge any free riders who inconsiderately took part without paying to consider their conscience and make a donation today in lieu of the entry fee.
“We’ll be stepping up monitoring on future rides to protect our participants and stamp out inconsiderate behaviour.
“We are so grateful to the 2000 riders who did the right thing and registered ahead of time to support the event.”
Over 150 route marshals and 60 special duty police officers were out in force to help manage the ride, with early morning road closures in place at a number of locations.
The ride went from West End across the Gateway Bridge, with closed lanes on Kingsford Smith Drive and the Inner-City Bypass, before looping back past Suncorp Stadium for the Mount Coot-tha Challenge. Rest stop catering included the provision of 1500 Baker’s Delight fruit buns, 1500 lolly bags, 2000 bananas and muesli bars, and 3000 litres of water. Diabetes Queensland was the official event beneficiary, with other charities also taking part.
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Please call Kim Ryan on 0459 395 875. For more information go to www.bq.org.au.
GBBR Road Closures
Great Brisbane Bike Ride inc. Coot-tha Challange
The following roads will be affected on Sunday 29 April 2018:
|Riverside Dr, South Brisbane – from Jane St northbound||2.00am||10.00am|
|Kingsford Smith Dr, Hamilton – between Cooksley St and Inner City Bypass||5.30am||9.00am|
|Inner City Bypass (ICB), westbound – between Kingsford Smith Dr and Hale St||5.30am||9.15am|
|ICB, westbound – on-ramp from Abbottsford Rd||5.30am||9.15am|
|ICB, westbound – on-ramp from Clem7 northbound||5.30am||9.15am|
|ICB, westbound – off-ramp to Clem7 southbound||5.30am||9.15am|
|ICB, westbound – on-ramp from Lutwyche Rd southbound||5.30am||9.15am|
|ICB, westbound – on-ramp from Bowen Bridge Rd northbound||5.30am||9.15am|
|Legacy Way, westbound – entrance from ICB||5.30am||9.15am|
|Hale St, City – between ICB and Caxton St||5.30am||9.15am|
|Hale St, City – on-ramp from Kelvin Grove Rd southbound||5.30am||9.15am|
|Hale St, City – on-ramp from Musgrave Rd southbound||5.30am||9.15am|
|Cricket St, City – between Menzies St and Hale St||5.30am||9.15am|
|Sir Samuel Griffith Dr, Mt Coot-tha – all except between Simpsons Rd and Birdwood Tce||6.00am||9.30am|
|Scenic Dr, Mt Coot-tha – between SSGD and Mt Coot-tha Rd||6.00am||9.30am|
|Mt Coot-tha Rd – between SSGD and Western Freeway||5.30am||9.30am|
|Ada St, Mt Coot-tha – from Mt Coot-tha Rd to Richer St||6.00am||9.30am|
|Richer St, Mt Coot-tha – from Mt Coot-tha Rd to Birdwood Tce||6.00am||9.30am|
|Little Cribb St, Milton – from Boomerang St off-ramp westbound||7.00am||10.15am|
|Moggill Rd, Moggill – from intersection with Hawkesbury Rd southbound||8.00am||11.00am|
|Merivale St, South Brisbane – between Boundary St and Russell St||6.00am||7.30am|
|Waminda St, Morningside – between Bennetts Rd and Agnew St||6.15am||7.30am|
|Kingsford Smith Drive, Eagle Farm – between Fison Ave West and Cooksley St||5.30am||9.00am|
|(Old) Hale St – from Cricket St||5.30am||9.15am|
|Fairfield Rd (including on ramp from Tennyson Memorial Ave) – from Fairfield Rd on ramp to Ortive St||8.00am||1.00pm|
|Gladstone Rd, Dutton Park – between Annerley Rd and Beaconsfield St||6.45am||1.00pm|
|Moggill Ferry crossing, Moggill Rd, Moggill||8.00am||11.00am|
|Merivale St, South Brisbane – between Montague St and Vulture St||6.00am||7.30am|
|Vulture St, South Brisbane – between Grey St and Stanley St||5.45am||7.30am|
|Waminda St, Morningside – at Agnew St||6.15am||7.45am|
|Lytton Rd – at Thynne Rd||6.15am||8.00am|
|Lavarack Ave, Eagle Farm – at Harvey St North||5.30am||9.00am|
|Kingsford Smith Drive, Eagle Farm – at Fison Ave West||5.30am||9.00am|
|Caxton St, Paddington – from Hale St off-ramp southbound||6.00am||9.00am|
|Given Tce, Paddington – between Caxton St and Latrobe Tce||6.00am||9.00am|
|MacGregor Tce, Bardon – at Latrobe Tce||6.00am||9.00am|
|Witton Rd, Indooroopilly – at Western Freeway Bike Path||7.15am||9.30am|
|Kate St, Indooroopilly – at Witton Rd||7.15am||9.30am|
|Centenary Motorway on/off ramp – from Fig Tree Pocket Rd||7.30am||9.30am|
|Keble St, Corinda – at Morcom Ave||8.00am||Noon|
|Leybourne St, Graceville – from Oxley Rd||7.45am||12.30pm|
|Orlando Rd, Yeronga – at Ormadale Rd||7.45am||12.30pm|