freckle wrote:Spoke to someone at BV this morning and they were stating that those conditions (over 12 & no tag alongs etc) were a Vic Roads and/or Police requirment
For this ride? Coz surely not just generally.
Generally they are both allowed on the road. For this event they are not!
Started writing a letter but I'm still fuming so have to think about it a bit more before sending it off...
Why the inconsistency? Under 12s are able to participate in the Great Vic Bike Ride with the associated crowds and on roads shared with cars travelling at 100km/hr. Under 12s were able to participate in the Eastlink ride albeit on closed rodes, but with far greater cyclist numbers.
ATB 50km ride is promoted as a family event, but my family is totally excluded from participating either on their own bikes, or through the use of a tandem, tag-a-long or trailer!
I would argue that my 9 1/2 year old son currently spends more time as a cyclist than many adults who will be participating in this ride and that his bike handling skills would easily be equivalent to theirs. How many of them would contemplate a track stand, a log roll over, or bunny hopping a branch?!!
* He is considered old enough (by his school) to travel to school by bike unsupervised.
* He has undertaken mtb skills sessions covering bike fit, helmet fit, braking, gears, descending and cornering as well as having sucessfully ridden part of the 2002 World Masters Games mtb course.
* He is strong enough at this point in time and without any specific training to easily complete a 20 - 30km ride. By October and with some additional training he would comfortably be capable of meeting the challenge of a 50km ride.
* He is legally allowed to ride on the road whether on tag-a-long or on his own bike and could quite feasibly be cycling on the roads that are to be utilised for ATB (with the exception of Westgate Bridge) as they are all public thoroughfares and will be open to traffic while the 50km ATB cyclists are using them!
I have to ask myself...
What are we missing out on? A muffin and drink; a jersey (that I'm assuming won't be available in children's sizes); a ride with a crowd of cyclists who are less skilled and consequently a danger to my son; a ride over a bridge.
What is BV missing out on? $$ to feed back into supporting its aim of more cyclists cycling more often; the enthusiasm of a child who was keen to give cycling a go, get fitter and challenge himself; a family membership renewal; and a little bit more goodwill from a disenfranchised family.
Thanks BV. We'll probably see you on the road anyway.