Ross wrote:Not criticising, just curious, but why pay $80 to ride somewhere that you can ride any day of the week for free?
I guess people feel that financially supporting an organisation that seeks to improve their safety is something worth doing. They also had some closed road sections which is something different for a lot of people. I would guess that a mass participation ride would be a bit of a novelty for many of the participants as well, especially those who usually just commute or ride solo and don't do any bunch riding or racing.
It's the sort of event that I would do out of principle more than anything, unfortunately I was out of town on the weekend so I couldn't take part.
From the website
By participating in this ride and fundraising and/or donating you will be supporting an ACT cycle safety initiative, funded through the Amy Gillett Foundation's Cycle Safe Communities program. This will incorporate print and radio messages reminding both motorists and bicycle riders of their responsibilities in sharing the road
The fundraising objective of Amy's Big Canberra Bike Ride is to raise at least $25,000 to continue the expansion of Cycle Safe Communities. By taking part in this fantastic cycling experience and fundraising through your social and business networks you will help the Amy Gillett Foundation:
1. Work with authorities and road user safety groups to support the development of ACT based cycle-safety awareness programs drawing on work that has been done such as the Victorian “Sharing Roads and Paths” guide, and Drive Rules currently under development and due for completion in Q1 2014
2. increase driver awareness and education about sharing roads safely with bicycle riders through community-wide activation of “a metre matters” including radio across key AM and FM stations in Canberra to continue to create awareness for motorists to leave at least one metre and reminding all bicycle riders of their responsibilities
3. Advocate with peer cycling and safety organisations including Pedal Power for safer conditions (awareness, education, behaviour change including through road rules and licensing; reduced speeds in high ‘sharing’ environments; better on/off road bicycle networks and facilities) for bicycle riders – helping to create a truly bicycle friendly city and Territory.
Cycle Safe Communities at work - over 1,100 outdoor street signs installed creating mainstream awareness during March & April in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with a dozen large format billboards at key locations around Australia!
Your financial support does help us make a tangible difference in increasing awareness leading to behaviour change! Thank-you to those that have donated or fundraised so far in 2013.