Hundreds of motorcyclists will hit Hobart’s Brooker Highway today for 44th annual Motorcycle Riders Association (MRA) Toy Run in support of the Salvation Army Christmas appeal.
Southbound lanes of the highway will be temporarily closed from MyState Arena in Glenorchy, through to Macquarie Point for around two and a half hours from 2:20pm to allow riders to safely make their way into the city.
In addition to the highway closure, Davey Street between Brooker Avenue/Tasman Highway and Evans Street will also be inaccessible, along with Evans Street and a small section of the Tasman Highway.
Spectators are once again expected to line the route and are asked to stay off the road while maintaining a safe distance between bikes, with high-fiving of riders discouraged.
MRA South say the arena gates will open at 12pm for riders to register and participate, provided they hold a current licence and bring a roadworthy bike.
Riders will be required to ride in a “safe and controlled manner” to prevent incidents like one witnessed during last year’s event when a motorcycle collided with spectators and left two people in hospital.
Donations raised during the event will go towards the Salvation Army Christmas appeal to help Tasmanians with shelter, gifts for kids who would otherwise get none and hampers for people struggling to afford basic meals.