Ian, Val, Ben and Sue Anderson and Emma Hack at the memorial. Picture: John Mokrzycki / The West Australian.

Hundreds of cyclists will ride today in memory of chemical engineer Tim Anderson, who was hit and killed by a drunk driver while riding in Mosman Park.

A permanent memorial with a "ghost bike" has been established for Mr Anderson at the oceanside site on Curtin Avenue, where he was killed on March 8 as he rode home from training for the Youth Focus charity bike event Ride for Youth.

The 26-year-old's father Ian said that an aim of Tim's Ride was to highlight the need for motorists to be more aware of cyclists. "Tim was such a vibrant young man with his whole life ahead of him," Mr Anderson said. "No family should have to go through the pain and suffering of losing someone is such tragic and avoidable circumstances."

Mr Anderson, 26, was wearing high visibility clothing, a helmet and had lights on his bike when he was hit.

Ross Thomas Murray, the drunk driver who hit him and then fled the scene, was sentenced in August to five years jail but is eligible for parole.

Proceeds from Tim's Ride will go to Youth Focus, an organisation dedicated to battling depression and suicide.

Mr Anderson said a scholarship had been set up in his son's name to help with tertiary education for a person associated with Youth Focus.

Cyclists will ride from the Perth central business district about 5.30pm to Mosman Park for a sunset service, before continuing to Harvey Field in Cottesloe.

Professional cyclist Sam Davis, from Genesys Pro Cycling, AFL footballer Matthew "Spider" Burton and Department of Sport and Recreation director general Ron Alexander will be among the riders.

People wishing to make a donation to the Tim Anderson Scholarship can contact Youth Focus on 6266 4333 or www.youthfocus.com.au

The West Australian

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