Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

THE Strand will be full of el­e­gantly dressed cy­clists to­day as the Style Over Speed Black Tie Ride ped­als off at 4pm.

Style Over Speed is a traf­fic- stop­ping black- tie af­fair that will see around 60 cy­clists pa­rade through town along The Strand and out to the casino and back for their fifth year.

This ride has been put on by Space for Cy­cling Townsville, for­merly known as the Townsville Bi­cy­cle Users Group, to en­cour­age cy­cling safety in the com­mu­nity.

Founder Re­becca Ryan said the ride was a light­hearted cel­e­bra­tion of cy­cling, with spec­ta­tors en­cour­aged to come out to sup­port the rid­ers.

“It is an ap­proach to ad­vo­cate for bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties for cy­cling and bet­ter be­hav­iour by other road users to­wards cy­clists,” she said.

“Peo­ple see a bike and just think of ly­cra and a has­sle on the roads but re­ally it’s fam­i­lies out to en­joy our life­style here in Townsville.

“The best way to change per­cep­tions and at­ti­tudes is through the arts and cel­e­bra­tions.”

Rid­ers will fin­ish at the Per­fume Gar­dens about 6.30pm, where they will hit the red car­pet be­fore a night of en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing live mu­sic and a fash­ion pa­rade.

Rid­ers can still to­day for $ 10 each. reg­is­ter

BEST DRESSED: Peter Hickey, Bec Ryan and Alis­tair Hickey, 10, are all set for the fun ride.

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