Tracker Riley Family Fun Day

The Tracker Riley Cycleway surrounding one of Dubbo’s most beautiful assets, the Macquarie River, will come alive with cyclists of all ages on Sunday morning 26 June 2016 when Tracker Riley Family Bike Day commences at Sir Roden Cutler Park this year.

Western Plains Regional Council is once again inviting families to come down to the Tracker Riley Cycleway for a morning of fun, giveaways, prizes and refreshments, while getting some fresh air, exercise and enjoying the Macquarie River views.

Families should register at 9.30 am at the BBQ area of Sir Roden Cutler Park to be eligible for giveaways, prize draws and a free sausage sizzle and fruit drink.  

Participants can choose to ride the shorter loops of Tracker Riley Cycleway or ride the whole loop including the new extension which starts at lower Tamworth Street and comes out at Macquarie Street next to the filtration plant.

“The event is an ideal opportunity to remind users of the rules of shared paths like keeping to the left when walking or cycling, sounding your bicycle bell or calling out when overtaking others and ensuring dogs are kept on leashes,” Council’s Road Safety Officer, Jayne Bleechmore said.
At the same time Council is also inviting novice bike riders to join Dubbo Bicycle User Group lead riders for a training ride around Dubbo.

The training ride starts and finishes on the Tracker Riley Cycleway at Sir Roden Cutler Park so riders will have training in both on-road cycling and shared path cycling.

“With new bicycle laws in force since 1 March 2016, now is a good time for a free training ride which is aimed at beginners wanting to increase their confidence on the road,”Ms Bleechmore said. 

Longtime cycle enthusiast and accredited lead rider Mick Cooper from Dubbo Bicycle User Group will take registered participants out from Sir Roden Cutler Park at 10.30 am.  Training ride participants must register for the ride from 10.00 am and must have a helmet.  Participants will receive a free “A metre matters” t-shirt upon registration.

“Participants will learn such things as how to safely negotiate roundabouts and intersections as well as numerous other road rules affecting cyclists” said Mr Cooper.  

“The on-road component is a great addition to the annual Tracker Riley Family Bike Day event that provides an added interest for those wishing to extend their riding confidence from the shared path to the road,” Ms Bleechmore said.

“Of course the usual ‘shared path’ component of the event remains an ideal opportunity to remind users of the rules of shared paths like keeping to the left whether walking or cycling, sounding your bicycle bell or calling out when overtaking others and ensuring dogs are kept on leashes,” Ms Bleechmore said.

Photo Opportunity

Sir Roden Cutler Park BBQ Area, Tracker Riley Cycleway, Newell Highway (entrance near Club Dubbo), Dubbo – Sunday 26 June 2016 from 9.30 am to 12.00 pm.

Media Contact

Jayne Bleechmore
Council’s Road Safety Officer
0417 667 984.   

Last Edited: 24 Jun 2016

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