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Time to park bikes as borders close

Time to park bikes as borders close

The time has come to park our motorcycles, act responsibly and safeguard the health and livelihoods of ourselves and others as the pandemic closes borders in three states and the NT.

As of midnight tomorrow (25 March 2020), the Queensland border will be closed and police will be patrolling the many roads from NSW.

Queensland joins South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory who have also closed their borders.

If you do not have a valid and essential reason to enter those states and the NT, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

There will be various penalties of up to $13,000.

The following Queensland/NSW roads will be closed from 26 March 2020:

• Nerang-Murwillumbah Road at Springbrook
• Tomewin Mountain Road at Currumbin Valley
• Kent Street at intersection with Toolan Street at Coolangatta
• Dixon Street roundabout with no access to Queensland from Charles Street to Florence Street at Coolangatta
• Dixon Street at intersection with Bay Street at Coolangatta
• Miles Street at Coolangatta opposite Len Peak Oval.

Borders patrolled

Queensland Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says police officers and other officials will be out on the road “as of one minute past midnight tomorrow night, making sure that these measures work”.

That rules out the usual weekend club ride across the border and back.

The PM’s office has issued simple advice on travel: “The Prime Minister has recommend against all non-essential travel in Australia.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk goes even further: “Stay in your suburb.”

While those are only recommendations at the moment, we imagine that if people do not curtail unnecessary travel, they will become enforceable bans.

Are riders really a threat?

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We have previously argued that solo riders who wear a helmet and gloves and don’t stop anywhere except for fuel are no threat.

However, that is not correct.

Queensland Health point out that a helmet is not an effective surgical mask and gloves are really no barrier as the coronavirus can survive for up to a day on your gloves.

In the meantime, if you touch your face, put your gloved hands anywhere that other people might touch (fuel pump, table, credit card machine) or take your gloves off with a bare hand, then you could transmit a live virus.

Scientists say Covid-19 can survive in the air up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard, 48 hours on stainless steel and up to 72 hours on plastic surfaces.

So it’s time for riders to act responsibly and park our bikes or limit use to commuting and other necessary duties.

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Riders are part of a brother/sisterhood where we look out for each other, so let’s look out for the health and job security of our riding buddies!

Time to stop being selfish about our leisure activity and put the greater good first. The sooner we do, the sooner people get their jobs and health security back and we can ride again.

What image of riders would it display to the public if you are seen riding in a pack with others this weekend while the rest of society is locked down?

If you don’t believe the virus is spreading rapidly, click here to check all the latest Covid-19 stats in Australia and around the world.


COVID-19 cases

% of all cases in Australia

% of Australia’s population


NSW 818 43.4% 31.9% 5
VIC 411 21.8% 25.9% 0
QLD 319 16.9% 20.0% 1
WA 140 7.4% 10.3% 1
SA 134 7.1% 6.9% 0
TAS 27 1.4% 2.1% 0
ACT 32 1.7% 1.0% 0
NT 5 0.3% 1.7% 0
Totals 1886 7

For all health alerts across the nation related to this pandemic, click here.

Now click here for details on how to hibernate your bike for the coming months of inactivity.

Meanwhile …

  1. Good call Mark. I’ll get on my bike, ride ten laps around the suburb without stopping until I get home again. Better than nothing 🙂

  2. Thanks for the story above- as the QLD borders are now closed I checked the Qld Moto Guzzi site & thus: Status Update 2020 RUPTURED BUDGIE RALLY CORVID-19 Status
    see our Rally page for details
    It is with much regret that the RBR organising committee have to announce the
    2020 Ruptured Budgie Rally will be postponed until further notice _= sad.

  3. Well put. Many are not taking this seriously.

    We now have 2100 positive tests now. But these numbers only show 1/10 of the actual ppl that are currently infected due to the very limited testing criteria.

    Stay safe everyone.

  4. Well said.
    The quicker we can get on top of this the sooner we will get back on our bikes.

  5. Unfortunantly many car drivers are still making unnecessary drives to see the relatives etc. Making not than one for to the shops because of boredom Unless you have to go out for a good legitimate reason stay home unless you want a stage 3 then stage 4 lockdown backed by armed military personal. I ride everyday and have a dam good reason for it in between times I am staying at home away from the public. Don’t go out at at home unless you want to live like this for a lot longer. It’s only originally for 2 weeks. It’s been to long now because people are just not getting it. STAY HOME

  6. I’ll think about it when you start showing stats for large numbers of healthy people dying. Until then people can look after themselves. Self isolate if you feel that is in your best interest.

    1. Complete lack of understanding. By the time we reach “large numbers of healthy people dying” it will be too late for you to “think about it”. Watch the USA over the next month and see what true carnage this thing will wreak because they’re were complacent early. This is going to go through their country like a wrecking ball – and I’m not just talking about death toll. And they’re in this position because they too thought they knew better.

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