Amy Gil­lett Foun­da­tion comes to Mans­field af­ter 800km

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

LAST week the an­nual Amy Gil­lett Foun­da­tion ride cy­cled more than 800 kilo­me­tres, in­clud­ing two stopovers in Mans­field.

Com­ing to town on Wed­nes­day, the group called in at both the Mans­field Pri­mary School and St Mary’s.

The group – which aims to pro­mote safer cy­cling – in­cluded 35 cy­clists, Olympians, pro­fes­sional rid­ers and busi­ness lead­ers.

More im­por­tantly, stu­dents at the two lo­cal schools were given a pre­sen­ta­tion by Mary Safe, Amy’s mother, let­ting them know just how im­por­tant it is to be vig­i­lant when on a push­bike.

The Amy Gil­lett Foun­da­tion was born out of tragedy when bike rider Amy was killed by a driver while cy­cling in Ger­many.

The Foun­da­tion, started in her hon­our, has evolved to be­come the lead­ing bike rider safety or­gan­i­sa­tion in Aus­tralia, driven by their core mis­sion to re­duce the death and in­jury of bike rid­ers.

The Amy Gil­lett Foun­da­tion also coined the pro­gram “a me­tre mat­ters”, where they called for a na­tional ef­fort by govern­ment or im­prove the road rules re­gard­ing the min­i­mum dis­tance that must be main­tained by car driv­ers when over­tak­ing cy­clists.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to the foun­da­tion web­site at www.amy­gillett. org.au.

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