MS Brissie to the Bay

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In just over 4 weeks, more than 5,000 riders will be hopping on their bikes to take part in the ride to fight multiple sclerosis. This annual ride has been a part of the Brisbane cycling scene for 23 years now, coming a long way since its humble beginnings when it attracted a modest 80 riders.

MS Brissie to the Bay offers a diverse range of course options, allowing riders from all levels of skill to jump on their bikes and show their support for people living with MS. There are four exciting distances on offer for those who are willing to join the challenge, all of which start and finish in South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park. There is the family friendly 10 km ride around the Brisbane Riverside, the scenic 25 km ride to Balmoral and back, the classic 50 km ride to Wynnum and back, or the challenging 100km course to Wellington Point and back.

This ride is more than just a fun day out on the bike; all of the amazing riders raise money to help change the lives of  the thousands of Australians living with multiple sclerosis. To celebrate how far the ride has come, the aim for this year is to break fundraising records and raise a sensational $1.5 million for people living with MS.

Go for it and sign up today! Ride for a great cause and surround yourself in the fantastic atmosphere on Sunday 22nd June, 2014. Visit http://www.brissietothebay.com.au/ for more information.

Source: http://www.brissietothebay.com.au/ 


Cycling Safety Tips

With winter just around the corner the sun is beginning to rise later and set earlier, which is why it is important to take extra precautions when riding to and from work. When cycling, the Brisbane City Council says to be sure to wear an Australian standards approved helmet, wear appropriate footwear (enclosed shoes), stay hydrated and know your fitness level/riding skills. Ensure that you obey all road rules, and, if possible, find a bikeway to plan your route. 

Staying safe in the darker months requires you to be seen – use reflectors, use lights and try to wear brighter clothing. Remember to always keep a minimum distance of 1 metre between yourself and other vehicles, and be constantly aware of your surroundings by scanning and shoulder-checking. Make sure you let others know the direction you are travelling by using hand signals, and most importantly be aware of intersections and car doors!

By following these simple tips you will create less danger for yourself and can continue to cycle happily and safely. 

Sources:

http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sports-leisure/cycling-brisbane/cycling-rules-signs-safety-tips 

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Travel-and-transport/Cycling/Cycling-safety/Tips.aspx#cyclists