The death of a man while cycling in Woronora Memorial Park late last year has inspired a unique memorial to all people who have died in cycling accidents. After the death of a cyclist in Woronora Cemetery, Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust NSW chief executive officer Graham Boyd and his team began work on the “la Madonna del Ghisallo” Cycling Remembrance Memorial.
The Cycling Remembrance Memorial is named after the patron saint of cyclists, la Madonna del Ghisallo and is the first of its kind for a major cemetery in Australia – a place dedicated to honouring the fallen riders.
Ron Doolan, a 39-year-old father of two from Como was killed after a collision with a car while riding in Woronora Memorial Park last November. His was one about 40 cycling deaths that happen on Australian roads every year.
“Ron Doolan’s death was a tragedy, not just for our Park, but for his family, who could never have suspected something like this would happen to their husband and father,” Mr Boyd said.
“We hope our memorial to riders like Ron will call attention to cycling safety in our community and that more drivers and cyclists will be aware of just how easy it can be, to seriously injure or even kill a cyclist, who has limited protection.
“Above all, we want everyone who goes out in the morning, to come home safely.”
Madonna del Ghisallo Cycling Memorial will be unveiled by Police Commissioner Michael Fuller at a special ceremony on Friday, April 13 at 1.30am.
During the ceremony, bicycle bells will be rung to toll the fallen.
All community members are welcome to attend. For more information, contact 9545 4677.
Additional article on the same topic refer SMH.