HELP ME TO SUPPORT THE PARALYMPIC ATHLETES

PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !


Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 19th season will be any more successful !


London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !


Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.


Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues.


SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.


Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .


Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .


NOT ALL postings arrive in their correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from Road Safety Issues .



Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .


You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for relevant info is a good start !

Jan 19, 2014

STOP KILLING CYCLISTS !

Universal need for Cyclists to be treated with more CARE !

Would YOU pass a car in the way you pass a Cyclist ? Barely scraping past and then closing their piece of road ?

Of course you wouldn't if it risked damaging YOUR bodywork ! YET , so many motorists , think NOTHING of hospitalising a Cyclist and then disappearing off the scene , leaving an injured CYCLIST , to DIE ! Too many recent headlines in so many English speaking countries feature " COWARD PASS " , the NEW SPORT that Motorists appear to be currently enamoured with ?













With my suggestions to

https://www.facebook.com/StopKillingCyclists

there was a repeat of their contact in

 https://www.facebook.com/SafeCyclingAustralia

yeah well , their greeting was a beauty :  " Greetings, 'straya!"

Looking forward to seeing MORE Cycling Safety Org.s form a  " Coalition of the WILLING " !

In posting to the https://www.facebook.com/StopKillingCyclists facebook page i found no " Photo " access , so here are the photos that i think would better serve their purpose than the " 1M " posted by " icame isawi "


https://www.facebook.com/RIGHTOFWAYAUSTRALIA   in the 1st week received a few " LIKE " but the past week has been largely ignored !

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/ioc-chairman-thomas-bach-create-an-international-umbrella-cycling-safety-organisation
has ALSO seen little action of late !

Each effort to SAVE CYCLISTS from Grief on the roads , deserve support ! Whether YOU live in New Zealand (  http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2014/01/06/cyclists-continue-to-die-on-our-roads  ), South Africa (  ROAD TRAFFIC (OVERTAKING BICYCLES) AMENDMENT BILL 2013  ) , USA  (  www.treehugger.com/bikes/bike-friendly-portland-had-zero-cyclist-fatalities-2013.html  ) , Canada , Oz  (  http://m.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-pplater-manages-11-texts-while-driving-100kmh/story-fnihsrf2  ) or UK  (  www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3705446.ece  ), YOU are on 2 wheels and subject to the " whims " of the passing traffic !

Friday i was BUSSED with mm.s to spare ! The 60 seater turned onto the exit lane , less than 100m in front of me , so i followed him . Before he could open his Bus Door , i was there waiting to ask HIM & his pasengers for an explanation . As he exited the empty bus , he told me " SMIDSY , i didn't see you ( no sorry) " , with the arrogance of a Nazi storm trooper ! Pushing me out of his way , to get to the supermarket, for whatever ? No witnesses so no hope of action !

Typical all over the world response , " I AM BIGGER THAN you "!


A hugh success came in 2013 , when @SafeCylingOz made the effort to create a Petition , that saw the Queensland Government create " Safe Pass Legislation " for 1M in areas under 60kph and 1 1/2M SAFE Pass in areas where speeds are over 60kph !

This past week has seen  https://www.facebook.com/StopKillingCyclists  enjoy HUGE Success in the MainStream Media !  Numerous Front Page articles in Broadsheet Newspapers , on Radio Drive Time programmes and other Media outlets !

Part of the reson has been their reminding the Politicians of the 1999 guidelines WHEN " Fixed Penalty Notices " first were issued !

BRAVO to YOU BOTH !




In the USA , many States in 2013 , legislated 1M
"Safe Pass Laws "! In addition to Portland , Oregon
reporting a " Zero Cyclist Death Toll " , New York City has Created a Zero Death Vision Campaign " ,
NOW , San Francisco has joined , with their OWN!







Should it be necessary for Politicians , to lose Family Members ,
 before THEY decide to ACT ?

Numerous Media Articles , have been released recently , in Australasia & USA , with Families APPEALING for " motorists " to ACT MORE RESPONSIBLY when near CYCLISTS !

This CAmpaign came about due to a NEEDLESS
Personal Tragedy :

https://www.facebook.com/livein.hope.7

Which alerted me to this Article about " Hope Fennell "!

CAN ANYONE BELIEVE that Politicians care about Vulnerable Road Users , after reading this item ?

This Driver will be " licenced to KILL AGAIN " in Feb 2014 ! The Family of Hope , are SENTENCED to LIFE without HER !