The serious part of the equation was in the purpose of the ride, which was to raise public awareness and discussion about suicide in New Zealand, and particularly youth suicide.
The recent suicide in the US of Tyler Clementi highlights the need for us to take effective action to create a more supportive world for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and intersex people. Despite New Zealand’s great progress, things are not yet much different for young people than they were 35 years ago.
It won’t matter if a suicide victim was incapable of forming a rational intent. It won’t matter if the suicide was caused by an abject failure of mental health services to provide appropriate treatment. The victim’s family will get no help from ACC. It’s just not fair.