ON YER BIKE: About 50 cyclists gathered at Cruisin By on Farnborough Rd to ride out to the Mercure Resort and back in an inaugural event to raise awareness about cycling. INSET: Derek Scantlebury, Jan Boyd and John Auriac organised the inaugural ride.
ON YER BIKE: About 50 cyclists gathered at Cruisin By on Farnborough Rd to ride out to the Mercure Resort and back in an inaugural event to raise awareness about cycling. INSET: Derek Scantlebury, Jan Boyd and John Auriac organised the inaugural ride. Chris Ison Rokcycle-

Capricorn Coast cyclists take a leisurely ride together

ANYONE who drives a car would have noticed a marked increase in the number of cyclists on Australian roads in the past decade and the Capricorn Coast has its fair share.

Some ride for fun, some ride for glory and others ride to work, but on Sunday they joined forces and rode together.

Fifty cyclists hit the road at Cruisin By on Farnborough Rd for a leisurely ride out to Mercure Resort and back.

Bicycle Users Group vice-president Jan Boyd said the idea belonged to Cruisin By owner John Auriac who wanted to bring the region's cyclists together.

"I think one of the most important issues is traffic awareness on both sides," Mrs Boyd said.

"Cycling isn't just a sport, it's a sustainable mode of transport, it's a lifestyle, and it's good for your health."

The group has conducted a survey to determine what bicycle users would like to see happen.

The results are still being collated but Mrs Boyd said two things that were always mentioned were extending the rail trail to Mt Chalmers at least, then ideally on to Rockhampton, and a shared path along the beachfront from Yeppoon to Emu Park.

"Sunday was a really nice ride just for everyone to get to know each other," she said.



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