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Cycling memorial to open in Woronora

A special cycling memorial will be unveiled in Woronora Memorial Park tomorrow as a tribute to all people who have died while riding a bike.

The memorial was inspired by the tragic death of Ron Doolan while riding his bike in the Woronora Memorial Park, last November.

Giving people who ride bikes and their families a special place of remembrance, the “la Madonna del Ghisallo” Cycling Remembrance Memorial has been named after the patron saint of cyclists.

It is the first permanent, publicly listed memorial of its kind in Australia.

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust NSW chief executive officer Graham Boyd hopes that the memorial will help raise awareness of road trauma.

“Our la Madonna Del Ghisallo memorial is more than a place for family and friends to come to reflect,” Mr Boyd told the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader.

“After what happened to Ron Doolan, we wanted to do something to help give the bike community a focal point for their grief and their memories, as well as to raise awareness of an important safety issue.”

The memorial will be officially unveiled on Friday 13 April by Police Commissioner Michael Fuller at a special ceremony at 1:30pm.

During the ceremony, bicycle bells will be rung to toll the fallen.

All community members are welcome to attend.

Located in the Sutherland Shire, Woronora Memorial Park is 27km south of the Sydney CBD.