On Monday’s Queen’s Birthday Honour's list Jon Leighton, Bicycle NSW President, was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for contributions to Cycling.
This is a wonderful tribute to the work and passion that Jon brings to cycling in Australia. As you witness first hand, through being a Bicycle NSW Member, Jon’s great passion is the work we do at Bicycle NSW and he would like to use this opportunity to promote our great work and what we would like to achieve next.
He has been with Bicycle NSW for over 10 years now and has been integral in creating a better environment for bike riders in NSW.
"The right to safely ride your bicycle in this great country is a personal passion and journey for me. Cycling's social and health benefits should be available to everyone, in a safe environment. Bicycle NSW exists to create a better environment for all bicycle riders in NSW and Australia,” stated Jon.
“Recently, in partnership with the NSW Government and Amy Gillett Foundation - A Metre Matters, Minimum Passing Distance Legislation was passed into NSW law, a major step forward for bike riding safety. Increasing respect between all road users through education is the next action for this. Additionally, NSW and local Governments commitment to physically building more cycling friendly infrastructure including the promised Sydney Harbour Bridge Ramp and our Peloton Charity Events remains a life’s work."
Four years ago, Jon also started Peloton Events as a way to give back to the community. This year on a grueling 8 day ride, Jon aims to raise $150, 000 for men's health through MoVember and Orange Sky Australia.
An Ultimate Bike Riding Challenge With A Cause!
Melbourne – Snowy Mountains – Jindabyne rest day – Canberra – Southern Highlands - Sydney
8 Days, 1350kms, 15000m elevation to raise money for Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust, Movember and Orange Sky Australia - let's get behind them! Peloton Cafe Events Ultimate Charity Challenge is an incredible challenge run as a pro tour experience for all riders involved.
They put their bodies on the line for causes that are close to their hearts. Pro tour ride experience led by Peloton Event Ride Captains includes challenges along the way between two groups, event jerseys, support vehicles, travelling chef and even a rest day.