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Patricia Fraser Memorial Trail

posted Feb 19, 2011, 1:13 PM by Manawatu MTBClub   [ updated Feb 19, 2011, 1:29 PM ]
Recently between 150 and 200 cyclists rode along the Manawatu River Bridle Track from The Esplanade to Te Matai Rd yesterday for the Patricia Fraser Memorial Bike Ride.  The event was to commemorate Patricia Fraser and seek support for an extension of the Bridle Track from Te Matai rd to Ashhurst.  Longburn mother of four, Patricia Fraser was killed in Nov 2010, while training for the around Taupo event, on SH2 near Mt Stewart.

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.

A website has been set up where people can register their support, over 400 signatures have been gathered to date.  You can also sign the petition at The Green Hub on Rangitikei St.