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‘Dangerous’ night bike ride with 2000 cyclists to push ahead
- Herald Sun
- January 16, 2015
Police strongly oppose the event, saying the mass weekend ride through the CBD could clash with weekend revellers and “increase the potential for night time road trauma”.
Ride the Night sold out in November, but is in limbo after authorities refused to issue a permit, citing numerous safety concerns. VicRoads has also vowed to block the midnight cycling event — with Melbourne City Council likely to follow.
Bicycle Network chief executive Craig Richards said it was highly unlikely the event would need to be cancelled.
“We don’t believe the date is going to change. We certainly think the ride is going ahead,” Mr Richards said.
He said it was not unusual for big events to be granted a permit just days before they started and said the care of riders and the public was organisers’ highest priority.
“We take great care of our riders. We have professional traffic management people all along the route,” he said.
He denied riders would clash with revellers saying “we’re not going down King St” and adding the route was carefully selected.
He did concede there were things that needed to be modified and he would work with police and VicRoads.
Inspector Damien Christensen said Victoria Police first raised concerns with the organisers in December 2013 and they still had not been properly addressed.
Concerns include a lack of bicycle lanes along the route and the event taking place during peak demand times for police and emergency services.
“Victoria Police has advised VicRoads that the safety concerns raised have not been adequately addressed by the organisers. VicRoads then decided to not issue a permit to the organisers of the event,” Mr Christensen said.
The fundraiser hoped to raise $300,000 for the Youth Support and Advocacy Service, also known as YSAS, which helps vulnerable young adults battling substance abuse.
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- 20 Jan 2015
- Bayside Leader
- Dana McCauley