Jordan Castle, 14, a Palmerston North Boys' High School student and MMBC club member, set up a petition after he complained to his father about the dangerous bike ride he took to school most mornings.
"I complained to my dad and he just said `well what are you going to do about it?'," Jordan told the crowd at the Memorial ride.
"I really want people to be safe because looking out here, anyone of us could be next.
"Extending the Bridle track out to Ashhurst would give us another 16km of safe off-road cycling."
Safety is one of the key objectives for this project. 5 cyclists were killed (including local mother of four, 34-year old Patricia Fraser) on our roads in 5 days from November 13th to 17th, 2010. Another local cyclist, 75-year old Rex Dalzell, was killed on Railway Rd near Bunnythorpe on Jan 7th 2011. Providing a safe off-road alternative will help towards reducing these alarming statistics.