Rider James Van Rooyen at the head of a group of cyclists in the Sovereign Pocket charity bike ride to raise awareness of cycling and money for a safe cycling facility in Ipswich.
Rider James Van Rooyen at the head of a group of cyclists in the Sovereign Pocket charity bike ride to raise awareness of cycling and money for a safe cycling facility in Ipswich. Contributed

Riders get on bike for good cause

IPSWICH'S cycling fraternity is showing that when the rubber hits the road, they are willing to get on their bikes and ride for the cause.

Almost 200 cyclists from across Ipswich turned out yesterday for a charity ride to promote road safety and raise money for a new cycling facility.

The Sovereign Pocket Charity Ride was a huge success, with participants ranging from young children to seniors taking part in three separate rides.

More than 100 enthusiasts tackled the 40km cycle, about 60 joined in a 20km circuit and more than a dozen children hit the road for a fun three-kilometre ride.

The event was organised by the 24//7 Cycling Safety Fund that was established after a tragic eight weeks for the Ipswich cycling community in July, with three deaths involving cyclists and vehicles.

Each ride started from Stockland's new Sovereign Pocket community at Deebing Heights and the event ended with a free breakfast for the deserving cyclists.

Stockland regional manager Michael Stone said he was delighted with the strong turnout.

"It was just amazing to see so many people show up early on a Sunday morning to contribute to this important cause for the Ipswich community,'' Mr Stone said. "I would especially like to acknowledge the fantastic work done by Troy Dobinson and the 24//7 Cycling Safety Fund.

"We will be working towards making this an annual event for Sovereign Pocket and the cyclists of Ipswich.''

The objective of the 24//7 Cycling Safety Fund is to establish a safe, off-road cycling facility in Ipswich. It aims to raise an initial $500,000, which will then be matched by Ipswich City Council and local and state governments.

Mr Dobinson is a driving force behind the fund. He is the nephew of former cycling champion Craig Taylor and son of Narelle Dobinson, who was killed in July.

"I am also very pleased with the success of today's event, which will go a long way towards raising awareness of safe cycling,'' Mr Dobinson said yesterday.

"After the recent tragedies, it has become clear Ipswich needs a place where people can cycle in safety and enjoy the recreational and fitness benefits of cycling."

Sponsored and hosted by Stockland, the event was also supported by Ipswich Cycling Club, Ipswich Bicycle Users Group and the Ipswich Triathlon Club.

Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan, who took part in the ride, said community organisations such as the 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund were "instrumental in delivering the safety message and ultimately increasing awareness in their region".

"This particular fund is extra special, aiming to provide safe cycling facilities for Ipswich residents," Ms Nolan said.

 

To donate or for more information visit yellowjersey.com.au.

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