Great wall of buses planned

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Travel over the har­bour bridge on Sun­day and you will catch sight of an un­usual safety mea­sure.

A wall of 98 buses will be used as a solid bar­rier be­tween Bike the Bridge en­trants and ve­hi­cles on one of the coun­try’s busiest stretches of road.

Buses will be used in­stead of tra­di­tional con­crete bar­ri­ers which would take a week to put in place and another week to re­move.

Driv­ers will be­gin set­ting up from mid­night and aim to have them all parked up by 4.30am.

At 5am more driv­ers will ar­rive to clear the bridge more quickly at the end of the race, Ritchies’ ser­vice qual­ity man­ager Garth Ste­wart says.

The cy­cling event raises money for mul­ti­ple sclero­sis, mak­ing this a per­sonal project for Ste­wart.

His brother suf­fers from the dis­ease and is in a care home.

The event has raised more than $170,000 to support MS Auck­land over the last two years.

Cy­clists can choose to ride 105 kilo­me­tres, 50km or 20km in Bike the Bridge 2014 and all of the routes in­clude rid­ing over the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge.

The Trav­el­wise Kids Chal­lenge of­fers dis­tances of 2km, 4km and 6km on the closed ring road and tod­dlers can also take part on their own ded­i­cated track inside North Har­bour Sta­dium.

More: bikethe­bridge.co.nz.

Wa­ter cross­ing: Bike the Bridge is on again.

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