Think Bike Giving Back To Biking
Bike SA|February 2021
[I’m always ready to acknowledge those among us who give of their time freely to help others. I’ve been aware of the ThinkBike initiative for many years but never really understood how it worked. So, when Quinton van Eeden reached out to me and asked if I would like an article explaining ThinkBike, the work they do and the volunteers who do it, it was the perfect opportunity to learn more about this body of men and women who do so much to make motorcycling safer for all of us. Ed]
Quinton van Eeden

Images of high-viz gear, disciplined formation riding, courteously acknowledging other bikers (including fist-bumping the delivery guy on the scooter next to you at the traffic light), directing traffic at intersections during events and thanking cagers for their patience, do not exactly fit the popular image of “hairy-arsed bikers”.

While probably best known for the ThinkBike stickers pasted on the back bumpers of countless vehicles or seeing the ThinkBike Marshals escorting cyclists and runners during mass-participation events such as 702 Walk the Talk, the 947 Ride Joburg, the KFM Gun Run and the international Hotchillee Cape Rouleur cycle race, it is the ThinkBike Road Safety Campaign that is the reason why ThinkBike Marshals exist.

The ThinkBike Road Safety Campaign has been running since 2006 and is aimed at increasing the awareness of motorcycle safety and promoting responsible motorcycling as a lifestyle. The road safety campaign is managed by the Motorcycle Safety Institute on behalf of ThinkBike Marshals who self-fund and support the campaign by providing marshalling services to cycling, running and bike events.

According to the authoritative Union Cycliste Internationale Guide to Road Events “… motorcycle marshals are a key element in the success of a cycling event – any organiser taking the safety of everyone with the necessary seriousness and care, must be able to rely on competent and experienced marshals.” And while not for a moment attempting a comparison to the fantastic response of the F1 Medical Team and the marshals who pulled Roman Grosjean out of the fire at the recent Bahrain GP, ThinkBike Marshals would like to believe that their extensive training and pre-event planning enable them to react efficiently and effectively to emergency situations. The Grosjean incident proves why event organisers should insist on using trained and experienced marshals.

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