How can CycleSport Victoria defend the Hell Ride?
According to the vested interest, Bike Lobby:
"Cycle Sport Victoria president Klaus Mueller said the behaviour of hell riders has improved since the death of Mr Gould.
"In fact the behaviour of most cyclists in most groups that use Beach Road are -- impeccable is perhaps too strong a word -- but the behaviour is overwhelmingly good and compliant with the road rules," 2007
http://www.woj.com.au/2007/07/26/melb-melbournes-hell-ride-a-recipe-for-disaster-says-coroner/ CycleSport Victoria
And according to CyclingTipsBlog:
“If the ride weren't called "The Hell Ride", I'm sure it would go completely unnoticed." "It wasn't long ago when the Hell Ride was considered to be the worst behaved bunch ride on Melbourne roads.
There's no doubt that this used to be true, but for the most part people have cleaned up their act, stopped running red lights, and only take up one lane of the road. It's not ideal for our public image, but it's much better than it used to be.” Really? Hell Ride Jan 28th 2012
So it's a Happy New Year from the Hell Ride looking forward to a bigger and better 2012 on Beach Road where "cyclists have free reign" PD