"A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

"A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby beauyboy » Wed May 15, 2013 9:01 pm

As one of the CBD BUG co-convenors I am posting this.

Following the tragic death of Richard Pollett the CBD BUG with support for the Amy Gillett Foundation are holding an awareness ride this Friday the 17th of May for the need to have a Minimum passing distance between Bicycles and Motor Vehicles. We have arranged to have a police escort during the ride.

At this current time all three Co-convenors of the CBD BUG will be attending the Ride, Paul, Kate and me.



The ride will proceed regardless of the weather.

Day/date: Friday 17 May 2013

Pre-ride briefing: 7.15am

Departure time: 7.30am

Ride starts: Kenmore Village Shopping Centre carpark (adjacent to

the Kenmore roundabout, Moggill Rd)

Ride ends: Centenary Bikeway, at junction with Moggill Rd

Ride distance: Approximately 3km


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further Info can be found on the website www.cbdbug.org.au
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby brett.hooker » Wed May 15, 2013 9:55 pm

I will be there!!! Congrats and thank you for organising...
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby Philipthelam » Wed May 15, 2013 10:08 pm

Seems like a good ride and I hope a lot of people turn up (I'm in NSW though). A little question , why don't you get the 1.5 metre passing message across? Then you could get more people aware of the petition and hopefully get more people to sign it.
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby beauyboy » Wed May 15, 2013 10:40 pm

The CBD BUG did post a tweet a couple of days ago regarding the e-petition. The CBD BUG is in agreement with the AGF in that a 1m is a more practical goal than 1.5m. It should be stressed that 1m is the bare minimum and naturally more distance is to be always desired. The main point is that we are all in agreement that a minimum passing distance is required to reduce the risk of dangerous motor driver behaviour
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby brett.hooker » Thu May 16, 2013 12:18 am

Would be smart to bring messaging into line with the petition though...
Otherwise it will be easy for those who oppose it to dismiss it on the grounds of "even the cyclists can't agree"...

Simple messages get traction...

Promoting two safe passing distances is not a simple message...
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby ozzymac » Thu May 16, 2013 8:07 am

So, now we have politics in our cycling safety groups?

How ridiculous!!

The general public will be thinking what a joke that cyclists themselves can't even agree on what is a safe passing distance.

It looks to me as if we have too many cooks.....


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Postby Gerry.M » Thu May 16, 2013 8:29 am

ozzymac wrote:So, now we have politics in our cycling safety groups?

How ridiculous!!

The general public will be thinking what a joke that cyclists themselves can't even agree on what is a safe passing distance.

It looks to me as if we have too many cooks.....


Reminds me of a movie I once saw......

That's - that's good. That's good. Unless, of course, somebody comes up with 6-Minute Abs. Then you're in trouble, huh? :)
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby brett.hooker » Thu May 16, 2013 4:05 pm

I will be there at the ride!!! One small thing I can do to help...
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Postby The 2nd Womble » Thu May 16, 2013 4:33 pm

ozzymac wrote:So, now we have politics in our cycling safety groups?

How ridiculous!!

The general public will be thinking what a joke that cyclists themselves can't even agree on what is a safe passing distance.

It looks to me as if we have too many cooks.....


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For the purpose of this ride, the call for a set distance is secondary at this stage to Brisbane's cycling famy showing their support for the Pollett family. Please everyone, remember what's important here, that is remembering Richard and all those we've lost over the years.
Thanks to the CBDBUG hosting the petition link we have seen well over 3,200 signatures in the first week.
RSD to everyone who fronts up tomorrow morning, and for Richard, rest in peace buddy.
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Postby Rhubarb » Thu May 16, 2013 7:25 pm

The 2nd Womble wrote:
ozzymac wrote:So, now we have politics in our cycling safety groups?

How ridiculous!!

The general public will be thinking what a joke that cyclists themselves can't even agree on what is a safe passing distance.

It looks to me as if we have too many cooks.....


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For the purpose of this ride, the call for a set distance is secondary at this stage to Brisbane's cycling famy showing their support for the Pollett family. Please everyone, remember what's important here, that is remembering Richard and all those we've lost over the years.
Thanks to the CBDBUG hosting the petition link we have seen well over 3,200 signatures in the first week.
RSD to everyone who fronts up tomorrow morning, and for Richard, rest in peace buddy.


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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby brett.hooker » Fri May 17, 2013 7:10 am

7 am and the group is building up...
Brisbane Times is here too...
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby The 2nd Womble » Fri May 17, 2013 8:03 am

Richards father was the white haired distinguished chap standing back to one side this morning?
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby Rhubarb » Fri May 17, 2013 9:00 am

Some thoughts from this mornings ride:

Firstly, I was very pleased with the turnout this morning, and personally very pleased I was there.

I feel a very strong sense of injustice regarding the jury decision in regards to the Richard Pollett trial, and to the pervailing attitude of motorists towards vulnerable road user safety more generally. So it was good to see a strong show of support.

I was one of the last riders to leave the carpark, and shared a very appreciative nod of respect with Richard's parents as I left. As doting parents who have lost their only child, I think its important to show them that they are not the only ones who feel let down by the justice system and want to see change to prevent it happening to others in the future.

Bruce Flegg never returned my emails from earlier in the week, but he was there and did an interview for channel 7. So hopefully it will get some airplay.

The police car escort showed up just in time too. My (limited) experience with Indooroopilly Police Station over a range of minor cycling issues over the years has been positive actually, so thanks to them for their support too.

Lastly, it was nice to see a few familiar faces from these forums and to finally put faces to many forum regulars for the first time (form here and Brisbane Cyclist). A good effort by a number of North siders and others who travelled some good kms to be there.

Womble's e-petition was highlighted again. Please sign it if you haven't already, and please encourage as many other people you know to do the same. As Paul French (CBD BUG co-convenor) noted this morning, similar laws exist in 27 other countries around the world, so all of the excuses about why it can't be done are just bollocks if you really care about the issue.

Well done CBD BUG - again !!!!!!
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby The 2nd Womble » Fri May 17, 2013 9:16 am

What were you wearing Delicious Pie Filling Dude? I just caught the ride as you all left as we had to come through from Mt Crosby and were caught behind tractor slashers.
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby Comedian » Fri May 17, 2013 11:31 am

I was very happy I went this morning. I hope it gave some comfort to the family that so many other people felt strongly enough about it to ride on the first really chilly morning this year. :)
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Postby The 2nd Womble » Fri May 17, 2013 11:43 am

You don't live in Ipswich.
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby brett.hooker » Fri May 17, 2013 12:04 pm

Great ride... I was so proud to be a small part of it...
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Postby InTheWoods » Fri May 17, 2013 12:29 pm

brett.hooker wrote:Great ride... I was so proud to be a small part of it...


Same. It got a bit tricky changing across the lanes just before we turned off onto the bicentenial, but a 4wd there was letting us change lanes so I gave them a friendly wave. Edit: It was a very nice lady in a Honda CRV 031 REM, she was giving us all a nice smile I see in my rear camera :) Thankyou!

There were a few beeps from cars travelling in the opposite direction, hopefully they were beeps of support. I didn't know the police turned up, didn't see them. Also didn't know Richard's parents were there but in retrospect I did see them - I'm glad that they are still involved enough and able to come. I was very, very upset by the court decision, so I can't imagine how hard it is for them. Good work by everybody who turned up to show their support.
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Re: "A Metre Matters Awareness Ride" Friday 17th May

Postby Rhubarb » Fri May 17, 2013 1:09 pm

The 2nd Womble wrote:What were you wearing Delicious Pie Filling Dude? I just caught the ride as you all left as we had to come through from Mt Crosby and were caught behind tractor slashers.


I was the guy in the red and white velomobile as seen at the 53 sec mark of this video report:

http://media.brisbanetimes.com.au/natio ... 79725.html
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