The Sunshine Coast community is encouraged to get active and view our beautiful region from two wheels on Sunday October 20 at Bicycle Queensland’s Inaugural Big Beach Ride that will deliver family friendly fun and cycling education while supporting local children’s charity SunnyKids.
On average every $1 invested in cycling infrastructure returns almost $5 to Queensland in health benefits, reduced traffic congestion and other benefits, however cycling participation of Queenslanders declines with increasing age.
Bicycle Queensland explained that they are holding this event to promote cycling as not only a viable means of transport but as a great recreational activity helping people of all ages stay fit and healthy.
“In 2015, cycling participation in the up to nine-year old cohort was 46%, in the 10 to 17- year- old cohort it was 32%, in the 18 to 29-year- old cohort it was 16%, in the 30 to 49-yearold cohort it was 9% and for people aged 50 years and older it is only 3%.
“If we teach kids the added benefits of cycling that can remain with them for life, the better chance we have of turning those stats around,” explained Bicycle Queensland’s Event Manager, Joel Stephens.
With safety at the forefront of Bicycle Queensland’s mission, the event team is proudly working in partnership with the family of Cameron Frewer who was one of Australia’s most passionate and prolific cycling safety advocates.
“We want to ensure we continue the advocacy work he was so dedicated to before being tragically killed late last year,” says Mr Stephens.
The tragedy Cameron Frewer’s family faced, losing their father, has also sparked Bicycle Queensland’s partnership with the local charity SunnyKids. Proceeds from The Big Beach Ride will go to SunnyKids to help continue their work of connecting people and coordinating services for vulnerable families in order to make meaningful change.
“We are grateful to be the charity recipient of Bicycle Queensland’s inaugural Big Beach Ride event and we will be encouraging our SunnyKids village buddies to participate in this great event with their big and little buddies,” says SunnyKids Charity Manager Debbie Battaglini.
The Big Beach Ride is showcasing the beauty of the Sunshine Coast from three different routes, with 10km, 45km and 80km tracks available.
On route marshals, roaming bicycle mechanics, medical teams and follow vehicles will be on-site throughout the event.
“All you need to do is turn up to the start and we’ll take care of the rest,” said Joel Stephens.
Riders and their family members will be rewarded at the finish line festival taking place at the Caloundra Foot Ball Club.
“There will be plenty of free interactive activities for big and little kids alike,” says Mr Stephens.
The finish line festival will run from 9am until 12pm and will feature local live music, circus and balloon twisting workshops, mountain biking skills sessions, bicycle mechanic workshops and an inflatable jumping castle and obstacle course.
Return transport is available throughout the event to take riders from the finish line festival back to the starting line.
Tickets to this event can be purchased online and start from $10. Information about, and tickets to, this event can be found at https://tbbr.com.au.