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Journeys : Jun Jul 2012
Member in focus Bec Hubbard lives in Hobart with her partner and two young children. She is an environmental campaigner and enjoys surfing, dancing, surfing, swimming and more surfing. Bec has been an RACT member since about 2008. Why did you join the RACT? For the emergency car service, so we have security in case we ever break down. It makes me feel less anxious, knowing help is just a phone call away. What’s the most memorable time you’ve been helped by being a member of the RACT? On the Southern Outlet the car started smoking half-way up before the Mt Nelson turn-off. It was raining and I had a one-year old in the car, crying and hungry. I had only just renewed my membership so I was pretty happy! I rang the RACT and a lovely RACT guy gave the car a temporary fix and sent me on my way so I could get a permanent repair job done. Tell me about your current car. It’s a Subaru all-wheel-drive station wagon with roof racks. Do you have any stickers on your car? No, but I’ve been planning to put Edge Radio and Save our Mar ine Life stickers on. What is your biggest motoring gripe? I’d prefer more consideration given to pedestrians and bike riders as equal participants on the road. After the family photos, what is your most precious material possession, the thing you would try to grab if there was ever a fire? I’m not really attached to my things, everything is replaceable, but probably my box of jeweller y that was handed dow n to me from my grandmother. What is your most memorable holiday moment? When I was 22 and I was leaving Australia to go travelling for a year. It was that moment of leaving my family for a long adventure that was so exciting. What about your favourite holiday destination? I just love going on holidays, going to different places, being with different cultures. I reckon my favourite holiday destination is always wherever I am going next. Where do you plan to spend your next holiday? I think we’re going to the Bay of Fires. I’m really excited about going there, hopefully there’ll be surf and if not I’ll enjoy snorkelling and playing on the beautiful white sand. In our community outfits are difficult to see against the changing shadows and surrounds. While we’re talking of competitive cyclists, can I ask if it is legal for them to ride within mere centimetres of motor scooters as they practise slip-streaming? I’ve even seen one slip-streaming just a few centimetres behind a tractor! Sports cyclists riding in a close bunch create dangers for themselves and others. A year or two back, four riders hit the road outside our place when one rider’s foot came out of his pedal cleat and he brought down others as he crashed. The road was blocked with fallen r iders and their bikes. Fortunately cars in both directions were able to stop in time – we cleared up the mess as we waited for the ambos to arrive. I wonder if cyclists realise just how vulnerable they are on public roads? They are travelling so much slower than motor vehicles, which amplifies the danger for them when a vehicle comes around a blind corner or over a crest to find one, or a whole group of cyclists, blocking the lane in front. They have no rear-view mirrors and no audible warning devices apart from their flashing strobe lights – and I can’t understand how they can see ahead very far when they ride at dawn and dusk. Please cyclists, for your ow n sake, when you r ide along the coast between West Ulverstone and Penguin, just remember the dangers of this piece of road. Accidents happen in a split second, but the results can last for a long time after. I hope my message will make both riders and drivers more aware of each other along this beautiful piece of scenic highway. If it saves accidents and even one life, then that has to be a big plus. June / July 2012 11
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