Event Details

Ride for Respect

Time: April 17, 2010 from 7:30am to 8:30am
Location: Marcellina Pizza carpark, corner Cross Rd/Anzac Hwy
Street: Cross Road/Anzac Hwy
City/Suburb: Adelaide
Event Type: commemorative, group, ride
Organised By: Dahondude
Latest Activity: Dec 13, 2010

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Event Description

This ride is dedicated to Simon Whitely, the cyclist who died on Monday morning on Anzac Hwy. When we set out on a bike ride we all expect to reach our destination safely. Sadly, this wasn't the case on Monday. The aim is to pay our respects and to symbolically finish Simon's ride.

**This is not a protest ride** SA Traffic Police will be in attendance.

Please get fully off the road at the meeting point and do not block bike/road lanes or the footpath. During the ride please ride slowly (20km/h), in the bike lane where possible, no more than two abreast, stop at all traffic lights and avoid negative interaction with other road users

Meet at the Marcellina Pizza carpark on the corner of Cross Rd and Anzac Hwy, then ride to Glenelg via Anzac Hwy.
Route information here: http://www.mapmyride.com/route/au/plympton/467127121514844015

You are invited to wear a black arm band and/or ride with your front and rear lights on as a sign of respect.

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Comment by stephen on December 13, 2010 at 0:01

SInce i am still not in posesion of a bicycle helmet exemption I will be unable to ride this event.

Third time lucky i hope i have applied  once again to the DTEI. At least the fallen did not have any problems wearing a helmet and discovered just how useful they are in an accident, something which will not ever happen to me. FYI I happend to survive what would otherwise have been a fatal accident because i was not wearing one. Though I stretched my neck terribly it would have broken completely if i had  been wearing a helmet because of the extra force/leverage it would have applied.


Regards Steve.


Comment by Simon Neldner on April 17, 2010 at 15:29
What can i say - a well organized and respectful gathering to remember a fellow cyclist, Simon Whitely. For most of us, we'd never personally met, but it's not so hard to believe that on our way to work or on a weekend ride a brief nod or "hello" - enough to wish a safe and enjoyable trip - is something that passed between us on the road. I think the reaction has been so strong and heartfelt because the risks of riding a bike are shared by every cyclist. To not only see the numbers of riders (stretched out along ANZAC Highway early on a Saturday morning) and such a full spectrum of riders (from the lycra pelotons to the casual rider) on all sorts of bikes, says it all: the unspoken bond and shared passion we have for the people who ride (and those who care about them). Being there this morning meant a lot, so well done to all those involved in making this day happen and the public support that Simon's family in particular will take away from today's "ride for respect".
Comment by K W on April 17, 2010 at 14:46
I second Jeremy for thanking all those people involved. It's hard to realise the enormity of the event being here in Victoria.
Comment by Dahondude on April 17, 2010 at 14:19
Please don't thank me, thank each other! I just proposed the idea and you all did the rest. I have no idea how many kind people turned up today, but I am guessing around the 500 mark and it was just fantastic to see so many people who felt the same way I did. The line of riders down Anzac Hwy stretched for several kms I think and was a real fitting show of respect for Simon. Thanks again to Angus and www.adelaidecyclists.com for hosting the event details, Angus for producing the flyers, BikeSA, BISA, ABC Radio, SAFM and CoastFM (and anyone else who I wasn't aware of) for promoting the ride, anyone who told their friends about the ride, SAPOL for sending the police cars to keep us safe, and the nice guys in traffic control who held all the traffic lights green for us! Mark Draper did a lot of work behind the scenes and special thanks to Chris Morrison and Andy Smith for talking this morning (and providing the lifting tail gate to get us all up where people could see us!).

See you on the road :)
Comment by Gus on April 17, 2010 at 13:24
Thank you to the estimated 500+ who attended. Thanks to Jeremy Austin for putting forward the idea.
Comment by Nadja Osterstock on April 17, 2010 at 13:10
Wow, this was much bigger than I expected. Well done folks. It was also Ben's first group ride (at 16 mths) and one of the very few times he has been out on a main road, so I'm grateful that he had safe conditions to ride in. Thank you.
Comment by Jeremy Miller on April 17, 2010 at 12:52
Amazing turn-out, really shows the power of social networking and the internet in how this ride came together and the numbers that it attracted, thank you to all those who organsied it. I would echo Josephs words below in that it was a moving tribute and shows the concern that fellow cyclists have for one and other.
Comment by Chris Morrison on April 17, 2010 at 12:51
Thank you to the many hundreds of fellow cyclists who made the time this morning to honour our cousin Simon. The ride was a reverent and moving tribute to Simon and all other cyclists who have lost their lives unnecessarily on the road. A special thank you to Jeremy who's spontaneous wish to do something extraordinary for a man that he had never met highlights all of the good in mankind. It was great to also see Mary & Denis Safe (Amy Gillett's parents) at the ride, sorry I didn't get a chance to say Hi.
Comment by Joseph on April 17, 2010 at 12:19
Very well organised and executed event. Thank you to all involved. It was a dignified, moving and fitting tribute. Great turnout!
Comment by Shane Sody on April 17, 2010 at 11:35
The 10am ABC news reported "almost a thousand cyclists..." The photo does not capture even half of those who were there, Kathryn. Your cousin, and one of Simon's work colleagues, and Jeremy, each said a few words about Simon. It was quite moving. There was a minute's silence before we moved off slowly.

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