Around 60 motorcyclists gathered at Lakeside Park on Sunday June 26 for #ridesafely4me’s inaugural event Day by the Lake supporting #ridesafely4me. The weather was kind and the day was hailed a huge success.
Riders travelled from as far away as Coffs Harbour for the event organised through Aussie Riders Social motorcycle group in conjunction with Champions Ride Days. Senior Constables Luke Herburg and Marcus Elliott from the Indoroopilly Road Policing Unit were there to proudly display both a marked and unmarked police bikes and were never short of someone to chat with.
The day began with a number of workshops including information sessions from Champions and Samford Queensland Ambulance Service Officer in Charge Carl Houlihan (who managed to get the whole group singing “Staying Alive” along with him as he demonstrated CPR) and gave us some valuable advice about what to do if you find a rider down. Luke and Marcus took part in a Q&A session that covered a number of questions around motorcycling. The session was so popular that unfortunately it had to be cut off due to time constraints.
While I shared some the reasons #ridesafely4me came to be, there’s no doubt the whole group was moved when Mrs Sarah Bailey shared her story of the loss of her husband Dave in a motorcycle crash on Mt Nebo six months to the day prior. Sarah will have their baby in only a couple of weeks and we all wish her well. While very emotional, it was a poignant reminder of the importance of making safe choices when riding, and how much it matters that we all make sure we get home safely to the ones we love – no matter how we travel.
After lunch, most of the attendees took to the track to test themselves and their bikes in (close to) race conditions. The day finished with some prize presentations and group photos.
Thanks to everyone who came along and made the day such a huge success. We are definitely looking forward to more #ridesafely4me events in the future.