Concern for cyclsit safety inspires entry in Tim’s Ride for charity

Curtin University professor of sustainability Peter Newman will be on his electric bike for Tim's Ride.
Curtin University professor of sustainability Peter Newman will be on his electric bike for Tim's Ride.
Curtin University professor of sustainability Peter Newman will be on his electric bike for Tim's Ride. Curtin University professor of sustainability Peter Newman will be on his electric bike for Tim's Ride.

CONCERN about cyclist safety sparked Curtin University transport sustainability guru Peter Newman’s first entry into the fourth annual Tim’s Ride for charity next weekend.

Prof Newman, who will take part in the ride along the western suburbs coastline on Saturday, November 12, said his concern about safety was inspired by personal experience.

“We don’t have a culture of respect for cyclists in WA ,” he said.

Prof Newman is a first cousin to the father of Tim Anderson (27), who the ride remembers after he was killed by a drunk driver in a hit and run while training on his bike in Mosman Park in 2012.

Prof Newman said he knew Tim well, and asked all road users to treat cyclists with respect on the roads and when overtaking.

Riders’ donations from the event will fund the Youth Focus-managed Tim’s Scholarship, which helps young people who may have suffered trauma to go through university.

This year’s event has a 26km peloton route, and a coastal 12km ride for families, both of which start and finish at Harvey Field, Cottesloe.

Riders in the two routes will meet at Tim’s Memorial on Curtin Avenue for a sunset ceremony.

N More information is at www.timsride.com.au.