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24/7 safety ride is made for families

INSPIRATION: Troy Dobinson promotes the 24/7 CSF Community Ride taking place from Bill Paterson Oval on Sunday.
INSPIRATION: Troy Dobinson promotes the 24/7 CSF Community Ride taking place from Bill Paterson Oval on Sunday. Rob Williams

ARE the kids driving you nuts in the school holidays and you want something special to do with them?

Well there's a free event that has kids' slides, jumping castle, coffee and breakfast - a great day out with the family.

The annual 24/7 Community Safety Fund ride is on again this Sunday and the emphasis more than ever is on family.

Promoting the message that bikes and cars can live together in harmony on the road, the 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund community ride starts and finishes at Bill Patterson Oval on Limestone Park in Ipswich.

The 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund was started after three Ipswich bike riders were killed within a short time in 2011.

Ipswich bike store owner Troy Dobinson started 24/7 CSF after his mum, Narelle, was the third of the trio to die riding their bikes.

Narelle Dobinson was hit by a car driven by a US sailor on July 24, 2011, and she died in hospital a week later.

The aim is to build a safe cycling facility for the community and the community ride was one of the first initiatives on the road to that.

"We're three years in now and we have gained a lot of accreditation and partnerships and hopefully in the near future we'll actually succeed," Mr Dobinson said.

"This year I really want to put a family focus on it because obviously that's what 24/7 is all about; that community thing."

To that end, the Yellow Jersey Bike Shop family ride around Limestone Park starts at 9am.

The other distances to ride on Sunday cater for avid cyclists, racers and people who just like riding a bike.

Every rider gets a free breakfast and coffee, there's water stops along the way and caution vehicles and back-up vehicles.

For more information and to register go to 247csf.com.au/

RIDE RUN-DOWN

  • Llewellyn Subaru 100km ride: 7am start.
  • Rotary Club of Ipswich City 50km ride: 7.30am.
  • Ipswich City Council 25km ride: 8am.
  • Yellow Jersey Bike Shop 3km family ride: 9am.

Topics:  24/7 cycling safety fund



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