Scooter riders to try to regain world record in September
PREPARATIONS are under way to bring the world record for the longest parade of motorised wheelchairs and scooters back to the Fraser Coast on Saturday, September 7, at Scarness Park.
Fraser Coast Regional Council seniors project officer Julie de Waard said team Hervey Bay previously held the record with 126 but was overtaken by riders from Noordwijkerhout in the Netherlands in 2011, whose numbers topped 135.
She said the record now belonged to Canada with 159 riders following an event late last year.
"The record has changed hands a number of times over the last couple of years and the competition is really heating up," Ms de Waard said.
"We're asking people to pre-register by calling the Halcro Street Community Centre on 4194 2441 but registrations will also be open on the day from 8.30am at Scarness Park.
"At 9.30am the RSL Pipe Band will play the convoy off as it tackles the run down to the All Abilities Playground along the Hervey Bay Esplanade.
"Riders will do two laps around the park and head back to Scarness Park for a sausage sizzle, live entertainment and hopefully to celebrate regaining the world record."
She also encouraged those participating and spectating to pre-vote as the Federal Election was being held on the same day.
A pre-voting station has been set up on Hunter St beside Bay Connect in Pialba.
Ms de Waard said the organising committee was hopeful of attracting more than 160 participants in this year's event.
"We also want spectators to come down and cheer everyone on so the more the merrier," she said.
The first convoy was organised seven years ago as a way to promote safe scooter and wheelchair education.
The Hervey Bay Safe Scooter Committee now runs regular education sessions, complete with a free safe scooter handbook, to make sure all users know the rules and regulations to safely operate a motorised scooter or wheelchair.
"People are sometimes confused regarding what scooter riders can and can't do," Ms de Waard said.
"For example, scooter riders are not permitted to use disabled parking spaces and must use pedestrian crossings when crossing roads (where available).
"We cover all these and more at the sessions in a safe, friendly environment."
The next session will be held on Friday, September 20, at the Hervey Bay Senior Citizens Centre on the corner of Denman Camp Rd and Totness St and includes a free morning tea.
For more information or to book at a place at the next safe scooter session, phone 4194 2441.