Free riders rob charity bike event

May 14th, 2018

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.

ENDS.

 

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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:

Street Name Close Re-Open
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

Lane closures

Street Name Close Re-Open
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

Ferry closure

Name Close Re-Open
Moggill Ferry crossing, Moggill Rd, Moggill 8.00am 11.00am

Stop/Go closures

Street Name Close Re-Open
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

 

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