Happy to report that both the RBCC Sunday rides, complete with support vehicles, went even better than anticipated. Thanks to Darren Tucker who supported the 6.30am Waterfall ride. Thanks to Jose Rodrigeus for supporting the 7am Cronulla ride. Speaking for myself, I know that I felt much safer knowing that Jose was behind us on the highway sections. It was great to hear his horn beep twice knowing that he had changed lanes and was signalling us over in safety. Darren reported that he was quite surprised when passing cars waved at him and gave him the thumbs up. We got a lot of positive support from the motoring public which was great to see.
The difficulty of course will be keeping this momentum going. Getting people to volunteer every week for 2 rides. I can tell you that the Cronulla ride has a support vehicle for the next 2 weeks with David Crampton kindly offering to drive the support vehicle next Sunday. We are going to need some volunteers to assist the Waterfall ride.
There were a couple of people who questioned the legality of a support vehicle. I can tell you that we were passed by a Police bike. Jose also had a Highway Patrol vehicle sit in behind him and observe things for a while, after which he put his blinker on, changed lanes, and casually proceeded past the support vehicle and the cyclists and disappeared into the forward beyond. Clearly these Police could see that we were doing the right thing in ensuring the safety of our riders and indeed the wider motoring public in displaying caution signs to them.
If you can help as support driver then please contact me ASAP.