Cyclists participate in Tim’s Ride to commemorate death of cyclist

Ian Anderson and Ron Alexander. Cyclists will meet at Harvey Field, Cottesloe from 5.15pm to ride to the white bike memorial opposite Beehive Montessori School by about 6.20pm. The service will finish about sunset. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d428719
Ian Anderson and Ron Alexander. Cyclists will meet at Harvey Field, Cottesloe from 5.15pm to ride to the white bike memorial opposite Beehive Montessori School by about 6.20pm. The service will finish about sunset. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d428719

LAST week's fatal West Perth collision between a cyclist and a car has added to Tim's Ride founder Ian Anderson's desire for greater road safety.

‘Driver’s sensory inattention is the big problem, as it’s what kills cyclists, who have to be visible, who’ve got to wear bright clothing,’ Mr Anderson, of City Beach, said.

This Saturday, cyclists and other supporters will meet for the third annual Tim’s Ride to commemorate Mr Anderson’s chemical engineer son Tim, who was on his bike when killed by a drunk driver on Curtin Avenue, Mosman Park in 2012.

A woman (70) was knocked from her bicycle in Kings Park Road, West Perth and died at Royal Perth Hospital last Saturday.

In October, triathlete Brynt McSwain was on his bike when killed in a Welshpool collision with a car, which led to a Leda man (38) being charged.

This year, cycling lobby Bicycling WA has recorded the deaths of at least six cyclists and legislation is currently before State Parliament to make motorists give cyclists at least 1m leeway on roads 60km/h and up.

Mr Anderson slammed WA as ‘no doubt, the worst place in the world to ride’, saying self-centred car drivers continued to use mobile phones behind the wheel.

He expects more than 300 people for his son’s clifftop Mosman Park Beach memorial service, donations from which will be used to fund tertiary education scholarships for suicide prevention charity Youth Focus.

‘The service is also a great celebration of Tim, and he’s not hidden and is still part of us, while we share with the community the grief and the need for more road safety,’ Ron Alexander, Mr Anderson’s oldest friend, said. Visit wwwtimsride.com.au.