Riders struck with awe at light­ning show

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SATUR­DAY evening’s spec­tac­u­lar light­ning show pro­vided a breath­tak­ing back­drop for safe cy­cling supporters in­volved with the an­nual Tim’s Ride.

The event’s post-ride bar­be­cue and for­mal­i­ties were just wrap­ping up at Har­vey Field in Cottes­loe when the skyshow com­manded cen­tre stage.

Event or­gan­iser Ian An­der­son said em­cee James Lush and most of the 500 peo­ple gath­ered quickly dis­persed.

The po­lice-led ride through the western sub­urbs is held in hon­our of Ian’s son Tim, who was killed when hit by a drunk driver 2012.

The 26km course in­cluded a stop at the ghost bike me­mo­rial erected in Mos­man Park in hon­our of Tim and a near run-in with roy­alty as Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cam­bridge, who were headed to­wards their own sun­set bar­be­cue in Cottes­loe around the same time.

At Har­vey Field, Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal’s David McCutcheon spoke about the suc­cess of a pro­gram where school chil­dren are taken through a trauma scene and in­tro­duced to vic­tim’s rel­a­tives, in the hope it will re­duce their



in risk of in­volve­ment fu­ture ac­ci­dents.

West Cy­cle Pres­i­dent Neil Hack­ett also spoke about changes that need to oc­cur, par­tic­u­larly with in­fra­struc­ture, to keep cy­clists safer.

Ear­lier, as cy­clists made their way off Har­vey Field to start the pelo­ton­for­ma­tion ride, band mem­bers from Tim’s for­mer school Scotch Col­lege played Amaz­ing Grace in trib­ute to those who have been lost.

As well as Tim An­der­son, some took part in mem­ory of triath­lete Brynt McSwain, who was killed last year.


Pic­ture: Robin Kor­net www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d446514

David McCutcheon, Daniel Caron and Ben An­der­son take part in Tim’s Ride, an an­nual event in mem­ory of Tim An­der­son, who was killed in 2012 by a drunk driver while cy­cling.

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