Royal privileges for Tim’s Ride

Ian Anderson and Department of Sport and Recreation director-general Ron Alexander at the ghost bike last year.
Ian Anderson and Department of Sport and Recreation director-general Ron Alexander at the ghost bike last year.

PRINCE Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and a peloton of hundreds of charity cyclists in the fourth annual Tim’s Ride all have permission to run red lights when they potentially share Cottesloe roads on Saturday, November 14.

“To quote a policeman, ‘We only give green-light escorts to Tim’s Ride and Royalty’,” Tim’s Ride organiser Ian Anderson, of City Beach, told the Western Suburbs Weekly.

Mr Anderson’s son Tim (26) was training when he was hit by a drunk driver on Curtin Avenue in Mosman Park in 2012.

Subsequent annual rides to sunset services at a white ‘Ghost Bike’ memorial on Curtin Avenue overlooking Gage Roads have highlighted the need for greater cycling safety, and raised about $200,000 for the charity Youth Focus.

The cyclists are escorted by group leaders and have a police escort at intersections during a one hour, 15 minute ride from Harvey Field in Cottesloe to the University of WA, then down along Stirling Highway to the beachside service about 6.45pm.

Mr Anderson believes Tim’s Ride and Prince Charles could end up using the same routes when the heir to the throne travels with wife Camilla to his birthday barbecue at the Cottesloe Civic Centre about the same time.

“We’re just having a sausage sizzle,” Mr Anderson said.

A WA Police spokesman said plans were in place for the arrival of Prince Charles and Tim’s Ride using Cottesloe roads.

“For security reasons, WA Police will not be providing information on the specific movements of the Royal visitors, however we can confirm that our Traffic Co-ordination Unit has been briefed, and based on current plans, neither event impacts on the other,” he said.