Ride for Road Safety
17 April, 2016
The JCU Green Bike Fleet BUG
7:30am from Jezzine Barracks = 18km ride
8:30am from The Bicycle Pedlar = 4km ride
The Townsville Bicycle User Group runs The Ride for Road Safety in memory of Sue Bell (and tragically now also in memory of Jeff Ashby) annually in order to highlight the need to improve conditions for cycling.
Enter code" 2016 RIDE FOR ROAD SAFETY" into BUG membership for FREE ride registration. http://www.townsvillebug.com
Over 200 people ride 18km (or 4km option) through the main streets of Townsville with Police escorts and a green wave through all lights. In a spectacular show of symbolism all wear red Operating hats supplied by QLD Health.
In 2013 two cyclists where injured and Sue Bell killed when a truck driver attempted to overtake a group of cyclists on Shaw Rd. This incident galvanised the Townsville community in the call for safer roads.
In 2016 Jeff Ashby lost his life when a b-Double took him out on Echlin st.
Mrs Bell’s death and the community’s response to it contributed towards the push for the introduction of the laws to protect cyclists where motorists are now required to give at least a metre distance when passing cyclists, and a metre-and-a-half where the speed limit is higher than 60km/h.
More needs to be done to improve conditions both in road design and consideration and courtesy given on the roads and by being part of this ride you are making the impact needed to sustain the push for safer conditions. The ride finishes at the Cotters Rotary markerts.