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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.

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

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