Dudley Hall has volunteered to help out with Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride for the last four years. He moved to Canberra five years ago and is looking for a full-time teaching position. While the search continues, he’s taking the opportunity to ride more. We asked him five key questions.
Why did you become a volunteer with Pedal Power?
I have a background in running events like Amy’s Big Canberra Bike Ride and I know how much organisers rely on volunteers. It’s all about making use of my skills and contributing to a great event and a great cause.
What’s the best part of the job?
I really enjoy working with a good bunch of people and being involved. I’ve had lots of different jobs at this event over the years. I’ve manned checkpoints, put up signage, been the sweeper or tail-end-Charlie, helped with registrations. It’s pretty easy once you start doing it and it’s rewarding.
If you could do one thing to make Canberra more cycle-friendly, what would it be?
I’d somehow get drivers to be more respectful. When I first arrived in Canberra from New Zealand five years ago I was riding through the city and someone threw something at me from a car. I couldn’t believe it. I think most drivers are very considerate here in Canberra but there are a few who need to realise they can hurt people doing crazy things like that. I drive too and it’s not that hard to share the road and not throw stuff out the window!
Describe what sort of a bike rider you are.
I ride for fitness and health. I used to run a lot but I find cycling is much kinder to my body. I generally ride about 50km a few times a week for fun and firtness. I’m doing relief and casual teaching and, depending on where I’m going, it’s often about a 30km return commute.
You have two hours to spare for a bike ride on a fine Canberra summer’s day. Where would you go?
I would probably ride from home (Farrer), do two laps around Lake Burley Griffin and then head home. That’s probably more than two hours but who cares? I enjoy cycling around the lake. It’s really pretty, there’s loads to look at and I can get there and back on bike paths, crossing only a couple of roads.