Fit Aussies drop by the Gold Coast on their reef quest

PEDAL power is being used by a bunch of environmentally aware Australians to draw attention to the plight of the Great Barrier Reef.

Yesterday the group who call themselves Reef Rode RAGE (Ride Against Greenhouse Emissions), had a breather at a pit stop set up by Bartercard at the Broadwater Parklands.

Members are pedalling a three-wheeled machine from Ballarat in Victoria to Port Douglas in North Queensland.


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The aim of the trip is to give members a chance to speak about current issues affecting the iconic Reef, including the green-lighted Galilee Basin coal mine, port developments and the devastating effects of global warming.

Rode RAGE is run by a group of students and volunteers dedicated to raising awareness of greenhouse gas emissions by building and racing carbon neutral, human powered vehicles around Australia. They are prominently active on a world scale, attracting more than 2 million website hits across 68 countries for their awareness-raising road trips through Australia, Thailand and Cambodia.

Thirteen year old Josh Pinch is the youngest team member of Rode RAGE who has embarked on the 4,000km journey. “The whole point of this event is to raise awareness of the present situation” he said.

Reef Rode RAGE is also raising funds for various charities including World Vision and The Climate Council from their 4,000km carbon neutral ride which started on the 6th September.

Along the way Reef Rode RAGE has stopped off in Maryborough to compete in the RACQ Technology Challenge, where they managed to set a new lap record for the event.

They work throughout the year to design, build and test race vehicles within detailed specifications which are entered into several races including the World Solar Cycle Challenge.

For more information on Rode RAGE visit www.roderage.com.au.

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