Given the unprecedented nature of the bushfire crisis in many states of Australia during this summer period would each Regional Committee/ Ride Organiser ensure that appropriate risk management is in place when running rides until the situation abates.
In addition to the direct fire-related issues please also consider the indirect issues such as the level of isolation that the ride entails and air quality issues as I am sure you would all agree that makes riding unpleasant and at times dangerous as toxins in wood smoke are not well understood.
At least the following is suggested:
My condolences to those people / areas affected.
Queensland has initiated a ride to raise money for the Red Cross and I would support other regions should they choose to organise similar rides.
I wish you all a pleasant and safe riding during the crisis.
President of Audax Australia