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Cycling facility the aim of Ipswich ride

SHARING THE ROAD: Subaru sales manager Samuel Wolff and 24/7 CSF founder Troy Dobinson stand next to Peter Bourne’s Subaru rally car.
SHARING THE ROAD: Subaru sales manager Samuel Wolff and 24/7 CSF founder Troy Dobinson stand next to Peter Bourne’s Subaru rally car. Claudia Baxter

RALLY legend Peter "Possum" Bourne's Subaru world rally car has roared into Ipswich for the 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund bike ride on Sunday.

Bourne, who was well known in the cycling ranks, died aged 47 in a car accident a decade ago.

The seven straight Australian rally champion and three-time Asia-Pacific Championship holder's car will be on show at the cycling festival this weekend.

The community ride starts and finishes at Bill Patterson Oval at Limestone Park from 7am.

Ipswich bike store owner Troy Dobinson started the 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund after his mother Narelle was killed by a car while riding her bike in 2011.

His aim is to launch Ipswich's first cycle safety facility, and promote the simple message for drivers and cyclists to share the road. "The goal is to have a cycling facility for families within a five kilometre radius of the city. There is no representation of the sport in Ipswich at the moment," Mr Dobinson said.

Llewellyn Subaru has got behind Mr Dobinson's endeavours to campaign for safer cycling facilities in the region.

Sales manager Sam Wolff said Subaru had strong relationships with Cycling Australia and Cycling Queensland.

"We now have eye-sight technology cameras placed in most Subaru models, which act as another set of eyes," he said.

"It will detect pedestrians, cars and cyclists and stop the car. If you swerve out of your lane, it will audibly beep and the breaks will be applied."

He said families will be able see first-hand what is like inside a world rally car. There are four distances in the community ride for cyclists to participate in. For more information and to register, go to 247csf.com.au

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