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  1. “President Ramaphosa pointed out that exercise under strict public health conditions will be allowed and it is for that reason, we have submitted a proposal to the President to allow cycling under strict lockdown conditions,” explains Rens Rezelman, chairman of the PPA. “For cyclists, these current times are exceptionally frustrating and like the rest of the population, there are many who are extremely worried and justifiably so, about how their jobs and personal income are going to be affected by COVID-19. Despite our personal and varying opinions on the matter, South Africa has to abide by strict lock-down measures and will have to do so for quite some time in the future. The majority of the cycling community has heeded this call to be compliant and for that, they need to be commended,” Rezelman said. “Based on international practice of regulating cycling in a COVID-19 environment (Australia; New Zealand; and the United Kingdom as points of reference), the PPA believes that limited and regulated cycling activity in these trying times has numerous benefits that outweigh the possible risks associated with the activity. Like most activities in this time, the PPA recognises that the discipline to adhere to these rules are often self-regulated and expect that the cycling community would behave as a microcosm of the larger South African community in this regard,” said Rezelman. Rezelman believes that the majority of cyclists will comply with the following suggestions made by the PPA : Daily exercise is proven to reduce stress and boost your immune system. After weeks of lockdown (and under stressful economic conditions) many South Africans would benefit from being able to cycle. Your medical experts would be able to verify this statement. We propose that cyclists may not cycle in groups of more than 2 people (and both cyclists need to reside at the same dwelling); Cyclists may not cycle for more than 2 hours; Cyclists may not cycle further than 20km from their place of residence; and Cyclists may only cycle once a day if doing so recreationally. According to Rezelman all other safety aspects which is advocated through its safe cycling campaign, such as the wearing of helmets; rear lights; visibility, not riding solo for crime related reasons, adhering to the rules of road as well as social distancing which has now become the norm, would obviously apply as the PPA wants to be part of the solution not the problem. From a commuter perspective, the PPA believes that by using a bicycle as a mode of transport as opposed to crowded public transport options, the spread of COVID-19 can further be reduced. “The PPA would like to encourage those who have bicycles to use them instead of public transport in this time. We would also like to ask those who have old bicycles to donate them to people who could really use them to be economically mobile in these times,” Rezelman said. “Cycling is a healthy past-time and it's proven beyond doubt that regular exercise helps improve the immune system and that's all we really have right now to combat this virus. We all need to stand together to get through the damage that this virus is causing in the World and in South Africa,” Rezelman explained. According to Rezelman, South Africans need to accept the realities of the current situation, abide by the rules which are in place to save their lives and live in the hope that this COVID-19 virus too, will pass.
  2. The Pedal Power Association, South Africa’s leading cycling organisation supports Government’s call to South Africans to adhere to strict regulations as we head for a level 4 lockdown phase, effective 01 May 2020. Click here to view the article
  3. Mrs Olivier, a member of the BestMed Road Rangers safety initiative, was performing her role as a safety marshal to keep the participating cyclists of the 2019 Takealot Tour of Good Hope in good hands when an oncoming vehicle lost control and crossed over the road, causing an accident with the experienced marshal. Mrs Olivier was admitted to the hospital and passed away last evening. As per all sanctioned race incidents, Cycling South Africa will collate the information regarding the accident. Mrs Olivier’s family, her Road Rangers family, and all the organisers and participants of the Tour of Good Hope are in our thoughts during this difficult time.
  4. Just got news that Lynette Burger has been run over, cnr Kingfisher and Rondebult this morning. In Sunward Hospital. Punctured both lungs, broken ribs.
  5. The memorial ride will include the symbolic placing of a ghost bike close to the spot where McPherson lost his life. The ride will start at the Fish Hoek sports fields, from where the group will follow one of McPherson’s favourite routes over Chapman’s Peak to Bakoven and back. McPherson was stabbed and robbed of his bicycle and cell phone. Three suspects were arrested for possession of stolen possession and one count of murder. The murder suspect has given up his right to appeal at the hearing on the 29th of March and will remain in custody until the next court date which is set for the 8th of May. ‘The brutal attack in which my father was tragically killed is but one in a recent series of assaults on cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts in the area. Something must be done,’ explained Rob McPherson, Ian’s son. ‘The local community lost a good man and our family a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and brother. This cannot continue and hopefully, we have now reached a tipping point so that my father’s legacy is not that of a victim, but of a man whose death galvanised a community and motivated them to act.’This memorial ride hopes to bring the community together, not only in remembrance of Ian McPherson, but also to show those that wish to do harm, that the community will not tolerate such acts. ‘As a son who lost a father, I call upon Helen Zille, the Western Cape Provincial Government and all other local authorities in this country to act now. I call upon them to honour the national constitution, to deliver democratic values, social justice and our fundamental human rights. I wish to call upon authorities to clean up our streets, to resource our police in order to stop senseless and avoidable crimes,’ McPherson said. CEO of the Pedal Power Association, Robert Vogel, said the level of violence involved is alarming. “The victims have no chance when the criminal is prepared to kill in order to steal what he wants,” Vogel said. The safety of cyclists in South Africa is a key priority for the PPA and we sincerely hope that action will be taken to secure the safety of cyclists in the area,” said Vogel. Details at a glance: Memorial Ride for Ian McPherson:Date: Sunday 6 May 2018 Venue: Parking area at the Fish Hoek Sport Fields Time: 07h00 for 07h30 Route: Corsair Road straight over Ou Kaapse Weg into Noordhoek Drive, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, Suikerbossie, Llandudno, Bakoven and back to the sports fields. Please note there will be no road closures and all cyclists must obey the rules of the road at all times.
  6. Dr Koos Roux. In May 2013, Merrick crashed into Dr Koos Roux who at the time was cycling with his son on Bottelary Road, well within the road shoulder. Merrick then fled the scene. The police arrested Merrick ten days later when debris found on the scene matched that of his car. Merrick was found guilty of culpable homicide as well as three Road Act infringements. Sections 61 (1) (a),(b) and © of the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996, which states the following: Section 61 (1) (a), “that the driver, must immediately stop the vehicle and report the accident; Section 61 (1) (b) – ascertain the nature and extent of any injury sustained by any person; and Section 61 (1) (c ) – if a person is injured, render such assistance to the injured person as he or she may be capable of rendering”. “This is the first time that a prison sentence has been handed down in a fatal hit-and-run incident involving a cyclist in South Africa,” said Robert Vogel, CEO of the Pedal Power Association. In 2013, a law was promulgated in the Western Cape that makes it compulsory for motorists to overtake a cyclist with a minimum passing distance of 1m. “Cyclists feel ignored by the legal system when the laws protecting them are not applied, but this might change after this ground-breaking verdict,” Vogel added. According to magistrate Abdul Kader Jamalie, Merrick deprived the deceased of his right to live and the Roux family of a husband and a father. The magistrate added that Merrick was grossly negligent as he left the victim and his shocked son next to the road to fend for themselves. Mr Roux might have survived the crash, if Mr Merrick had remained at the scene to assist. The late cyclist’s wife, Beth Roux, said she was relieved that the four-year trial is finally over. “Both my son and I are happy with the sentence, and we hope that the sentence will send out a message to motorists to be on the lookout for cyclists and to be more careful when approaching and overtaking cyclists on the road,” she said. PPA assisted the family when the case nearly came to a standstill, when, through its firm of attorneys, appointed Advocate Ross McKernan of the Cape Bar Council, to assist the State Prosecutor with the prosecution of Merrick. “We are extremely grateful to the PPA for their assistance. We believe that the case would have been thrown out of court if the PPA did not assist us. Both Kobus and I cannot thank the Association enough,” Mrs Roux said outside the court after the sentence was handed down. State prosecutor Luzanne Williams also expressed her satisfaction with the outcome of the trial. “This is the sentence that we have asked for, so we are pleased with the outcome,” Williams said. Sentencing was delayed until 22 September, with a sentence of house arrest with community service initially expected. “The magistrate asked the prosecutor to provide more details on community service programmes to guide him in sentencing. The prosecutor asked that PPA provide a list of cycling-related programmes that Mr Merrick could be ordered to attend. She felt it would be more relevant to the crime and possibly help with rehabilitation,” Vogel said. “I was also allowed the opportunity to explain why cyclists felt the legal system was letting them down and that this case was being watched closely, in the hope that an appropriate sentence would be handed down,” Vogel explained. “While some might not agree with the length of the jail term and feel it’s too short, in terms of what was expected, this is the first time a driver has been found guilty of killing a cyclist and sentenced to jail. This is also the first time the prosecution has asked a cycling organisation for input before sentencing and to make a case for the plight of cyclists on our roads,” Vogel said. Mr Merrick’s lawyer has appealed the sentence, but it could take a few years to get to the High Court. In the meantime, the sentence stands. “We certainly hope that other magistrates look to this case for guidance when it comes to sentencing in cases involving cyclists being killed or seriously injured and we are more than willing to testify again,” Vogel concluded.
  7. Cycling South Africa regrets to report on the unfortunate incident involving a cyclist and heavy motor vehicle on during the SA National Road Championships on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Click here to view the article
  8. Paul Meinking was taking part in the Men’s 60-64 Time Trial event on Wednesday afternoon when the incident took place. The driver of the heavy vehicle turned across the path of the rider into a nearby property, but then attempted to reverse back out of the driveway. It was here where Meinking (head down and focused on his race) did not notice the vehicle reversing ahead of him and collided into it. Meinking was assisted immediately by race emergency personal and taken to the nearest hospital. He is in a stable condition. Thank you to ThinkBike and the BMW Club Marshalls for keeping our riders safe, and to the swift response of the Helivac crew. Cycling South Africa wishes him a speedy recovery.
  9. The Pedal Power Association is demanding swift and decisive action after watching a video of Gauteng cyclist, Darren Fitz-Gerald, who was struck down by a taxi driver on Wednesday morning. Click here to view the article
  10. “Seeing it for the first time and not knowing what happens at the end, we were expecting the worst,” explained PPA CEO Robert Vogel. “We have been on the phone with Darren and he was very lucky to get away with minor injuries. He spent the day after the incident recovering in bed and is on his feet again today, working through the aftermath of the crash,” said Vogel. “We have made contact with well-placed officials in the National Department of Transport, Gauteng Province and the City of Joburg and have sent them the footage and asked them to familiarise themselves with the case and follow the process as it unfolds,” Vogel said. “There needs to be swift and decisive action as well as consequences for the driver. In too many cases cyclists are treated with disrespect on our roads although they are the most vulnerable of road users. Motorists should take as much care in passing a cyclist as they would do when passing another motor vehicle. Both are legal road users,” he added. In this case, the taxi driver was already breaking a number of road laws and seemed oblivious to the fact that there was a cyclist up ahead. The taxi driver was also endangering the lives of every other motorist on that stretch of road, his passengers as well as pedestrians on the side of the road. Statistics suggest that the number of unlicensed and un-roadworthy vehicles on our roads are on the increase. “The time has come for authorities to take action and to enforce the traffic laws. Cyclists are human beings with families. They are training, going to work, riding to school, visiting a friend or just enjoying a different kind of mobility with no protection other than a helmet,” Vogel continued. He urged motorists to be more patient and to slow down behind a cyclist and only pass when it is safe, and to then make sure they pass with a berth of at least 1m. The PPA says that they are aware that some cyclists also break traffic laws and that these rare actions tarnish all law-abiding cyclists. To ensure safer roads everyone needs to obey the rules of the road. “The PPA will remain in touch with Darren and will assist where possible to see that justice prevails,” Vogel concluded.
  11. Questions are now being asked as to whether or not the drivers were driving under the influence of alcohol. “Who is allowing his or her inebriated friend to get behind the wheel, in the knowledge that it is illegal? What do the people sharing a home with the drunk driver say when they see the car parked in the driveway and the driver nursing a bad hangover?” asks Pedal Power Association CEO, Robert Vogel. “What can be done to shift people’s behaviour to obey the rules of the road?” In 2013, a law was passed in the Western Cape which makes it compulsory for drivers to give cyclists a berth of at least 1m when passing, and to maintain at least 1m until the cyclist has been safely cleared. When this ‘1m passing law’ is not adhered to, it can have fatal or severe consequences. “We have become a lawless society,” Vogel says. “That’s what it feels like when I'm cycling on the road. We have some of the best laws in the world, but they are worthless if they are not enforced, or if the legal system lets down the victims.” “We are quick to learn that, for both cyclists and motorists, jumping a red light or stop street often brings no legal consequences. From there it’s a short step to that becoming entrenched behaviour.” Sooner or later, a motorist and cyclist will collide at such an intersection, possibly with fatal consequences. To this end, the Pedal Power Association is asking motorists and cyclists to share the road and show mutual respect, and for all road users to obey the traffic laws. “We have requested a meeting with the MEC for Transport & Public Works, Donald Grant, to discuss the spike of deaths and the general safety of cyclists on our roads,” Vogel says. “The solution to the problem requires a holistic approach. It is not just about law enforcement, but about taking responsibility for your actions on the road, and doing the right thing.” The City of Cape Town recently published its draft Cycling Strategy as a component of the broader Non-motorised Transport Strategy. In this, the City expresses the desire to become a cycling city, increasing commuters to 8% by 2030. “We want to get our kids to cycle to school, instead of spending hours walking. How will we ever achieve that, if the roads are not safe?” Vogel asks. “To create a completely separated network of cycle lanes is near impossible and not practical. Somewhere, cars and bicycles will have to share the same space.” “Road fatalities (including pedestrians) were up by 5% in December 2016 with almost two people killed per hour every day in December. Road safety awareness campaigns were run over the holidays by various authorities, but seem to have had little effect on the high fatality statistics. Something needs to be done, urgently. Safe roads and justice for cyclists who are injured and killed on our roads is a good place to start,” Vogel says.
  12. January 2017 was a terrible month for cyclists. At least three cyclists - Delene Boonzaaier, Andrew Bradford and Gregory Basson – were killed when struck from behind by motorists. In two of the cases, the drivers fled the scene. Click here to view the article
  13. The Pedal Power Association has issued a warning to cyclists to not use the Paarden Island cycle lane after the recent spate of muggings, with the latest mugging taking place earlier today. Capetonian Maon Saxe was apprehended by three men and knocked off his bike. They grabbed his bicycle and phone and ran. Click here to view the article
  14. Three pedestrians on their way to work assisted Saxe after hearing his shouts. They managed to retrieve his bicycle, but the perpetrators got away with his phone. Saxe fortunately sustained only some bruises on his arm. He said the area is not safe, even when riding with others. Earlier today PPA CEO Robert Vogel said that the Association has on several occasions within the past year raised their concerns about the safety of cyclists using the cycle lane with the City of Cape Town. “We are aware of all the muggings, as well as the killing of a vagrant on the cycle path. We urge cyclists to not use the cycle lane until the security issue has been addressed,” Vogel said. “We have sent correspondence and raised the issue in meetings with the City of Cape Town, including the TCT section, as well as with councilor Brett Herron. We are very concerned about the safety of cyclists on this route. We recommend that the City of Cape Town close the route until a workable solution is found.” Amongst others, the Association has recommended to the City of Cape Town to warn the public about the potential dangers of using the cycle path before entering the cycle path. As a long-term solution, the Association recommends re-routing the cycle lane through the Harbour. “Millions have been spent on the cycling lanes in and around the City of Cape Town and it is important to ensure the safety of cyclists who make use of it,” Vogel concluded.
  15. Mobilise your friends and family members and cycle to work as often as possible from Monday 24 to Friday 28 October (can you perhaps manage to cycle to work the entire week?). Maybe you can use a train or bus for part of the route? Or how about using your car for part of the journey if you live too far from work, park on the outskirts of town and use a bicycle for the last part of your journey? If that does not work for you, how about just trying to use your bicycle to pedal to the shop for bread or milk? Who should commute? Commuting ideally works best for people who have to commute up to 20 km per trip. Anything under 10 km and you are even likely to be faster on a bicycle than in a car or bus. Some logistics around commuting Firstly, you need to find a safe route: Check if there are any bicycle paths in your area, and use them where possible. You don’t have to duck motor vehicles on a bicycle path, and you can move swiftly ahead.Alternatively, use quieter back roads, even if it means zig-zagging a bit, or incorporating paths through a park or across quiet early-morning parking lots. (Please do send us your cycling routes to share with other commuters.) Be visible: Wear bright clothing. The brighter and more reflective, the better. Be careful: Ride as if you are invisible, until you are sure a car has actually seen you.http://www.pedalpower.org.za/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif Always wear a helmet (it has been law in South Africa since 2004). Always stop at red traffic lights and all stop streets. Even if the light is green for you to cross an intersection, please look out for motorists jumping the lights before you cycle into the intersection. What about your work clothes? The best way of getting your stuff to the office is to attach bike racks and panniers to your bike. Put your clothes in one pannier and your food for the day in the other. Alternatively, get a small backpack.You could even take some spare clothes to work by usual transport a few days before and leave it at the office, so that you do not have to carry too much with you on the day. If your office does not have shower facilities, try the following: Shower at home, and then have a gentle cycle to work. Cool down when you get to the office. Take some soap, a face cloth and small towel and have a “wash basin shower” when you get to the office before changing into clean clothes. It’s surprisingly effective. Why are we supporting a “Cycle to Work” initiative? We need to show the authorities that there exists a need for better utility cycling facilities. By showing that there are many South Africans who would consider cycling to work, we’ll be in a stronger position to lobby for Government support.We also think it is simply a cool thing to do. Set an example for others, and see how many of your friends, family and co-workers you can motivate to start using the bicycle as a regular means of transport. General cycling tips:Ride defensively but decisively: Follow the K53 principles and keep a clear space around you. Make it easy for a driver to anticipate what you are going to do (e.g. stopping your bicycle, turning left or right, etc) so that he/she can act accordingly. Ride in a straight line without swerving unnecessarily from side to side. Indicate your intentions and check if the driver has seen you. Preferably get the driver to acknowledge you before turning in front of a vehicle. A quick smile and a “thank you” wave generally works wonders. Wear gloves. It improves grip on the handlebars, and may save some skin should you get into contact with the tar (most cyclists put their hands out to break a fall). Be careful: Ride as if you are invisible to traffic until you are sure a car has noticed you. Do not ride in the gutter or close to parked cars. Be aware of drivers of parked cars suddenly opening a car door. Ride wide and take the lane if it is not safe for a car to pass you. Watch out for glass on the road, cat-eyes, drain covers, oil, sand etc, which can often be found in the far left of the gutter. Use lights (a steady white light in front and a flashing red light at the back) if you ride in the dark, dawn or dusk. In fact, consider having a flashing red rear light at all times, even in the middle of the day. Always carry identification with you. Programme the details of your next-of-kin into your cellphone under ICE (In Case of Emergency). Carry your medical aid details with you, if applicable. Have identification both on your bicycle and on your person, should you get separated. Do not use an iPod or phone while riding! You need to be able to hear approaching traffic, or other cyclists who may be warning you about a problem. You cannot do so if you are listening to an iPod. Be sensible, and leave the iPod for the gym. Where may you ride? You may cycle on any public road other than a freeway, or where expressly forbidden by law. This means, near Cape Town, that the Blue Route and M5 are OFF LIMITS, as are any roads that are signposted to be accessible only to e.g. official vehicles or goods vehicles. The law says you must ride on the left of the road, but that does not mean the edge of the road. Ride a safe distance from the edge to avoid road debris. Where should you rather not ride?Narrow, twisty roads without a yellow lane (road shoulder) often pose problems for cyclists because cars battle to pass cyclists and, when there is not enough space, “squeeze” the cyclists off the road. If such a road is part of your day-to-day commuting road – please take extra care and make sure you wear highly visible clothing. Examples of the above include Constantia Nek into Hout Bay; Rhodes Drive (Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch); Newlands avenue (Kirstenbosch to the M3); Main Road Kalk Bay, and the like. We would really love to get some feedback from you on the route and how things went on the day – please post your commuting pics on the Pedal Power Association or PPA Safe Cycling Facebook pages (remember you can win a cycling jersey by posting your commuting selfie before midnight on the 28th) or email us at liz@pedalpower.org.za Enjoy your commute!
  16. Worried about the new higher fuel price, or getting fed up with sitting in rush hour traffic amongst all the fuel fumes? October is Transport Month, and the Pedal Power Association challenges you to see if you can use alternative transport to motor cars. Click here to view the article
  17. Dear Bikehubbers, This is a very last-minute announcement to all cyclists (especially commuters) in the Fish Hoek area and surrounds. You are invited to a focus group to be held at Fish Hoek Library on Tuesday 23 August from 6-7.30pm (refreshments will be served, a modest stipend is payable). This focus group forms part of the Fish Hoek phase of my masters dissertation on how cyclists interact with the built environment (i.e., both buildings and roads) in this part of Cape Town. The other phases will take place in Ocean View and Masiphumelele. This is a great opportunity to meet in a small group (7 persons, maximum) with other cyclists, and talk about cycling experiences, both good and bad, around a large 2x1m map, where we will mark the places in the Far South that matter to you. The aim of the research is to produce a set of recommendations to be taken into account in future infrastructure planning in Cape Town. It is hoped that, by incorporating the views of the cycling community in a structured way that 'speaks an engineering language', it will be possible to improve the practical utility of new cycling interventions in our city. Our first session, held this week, was very successful, and I am reaching out to the BikeHub community based on a recommendation from a participant. For any enquiries or more information, please contact me as indicated on the invitation or see details online at the link in the attachment. Best regards to all - Brett A5 Invitation Fish Hoek.pdf
  18. Heard that a rider has died after a hit and run on Viking Road today. Randall Februarie. He rode for Crown Cycles. RIP, leaves behind a wife and three kids. Sad day indeed.
  19. A white VW Jetta accelerated to try and beat the robot turning red in Viking Road and connected Februarie at high speed from behind, flinging him some 50m through the air, after which the driver fled the scene of the accident. Februarie died on the scene from his injuries. A 32-year-old man from Langa was arrested later the afternoon after handing himself over to the police. He was charged with culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving and taken into custody. He appeared in court on Monday 01 August. “We are truly saddened by this unnecessary incident,” said Pedal Power Association CEO, Robert Vogel. “This is even more tragic since the Western Cape was the first province to pass a ‘safe passing distance’ law in 2013, making it compulsory for motorists to pass cyclists with a berth of at least 1m.” Vogel explained that statistics show 84% of cycling accidents are caused by vehicles connecting cyclists from behind at speed; not passing cyclists at a safe distance; or cyclists not being visible. The Pedal Power Association has for 40 years been promoting making our roads safer for cyclists. “As the safety of all our cyclists, from commuters to sports cyclists, is top of mind, PPA annually pours millions into a safe cycling campaign to educate road users about the vulnerability of cyclists on the roads,” Vogel explained. “Our objective is to educate all road users to be tolerant, respectful and courteous towards each other on the road,” he added. The Association promote the slogans ‘Please Share the Road’ and ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ throughout South Africa. “Anecdotal evidence is that motorists are currently giving cyclists a wider berth, but there are still so many people who need to be educated on how vulnerable cyclists really are on our roads,” Vogel said. A memorial service for Februarie will take place on Wednesday at 19h00, while his cycling club is organising a memorial ride to honour his life. The funeral takes place Saturday 7 August t 11h15 at the Desire of All Nations Church in Ottery.
  20. The months of February and March generally see a congested road racing calendar across the country. Many of you are busy training for these events, especially in preparation for the Cape Town Cycle Tour. With the increase in cyclists on the roads comes an increased risk of cyclists also being hit by a vehicle. Click here to view the article
  21. The PPA launched a major ‘Safe Cycling’ campaign in late 2011, striving to focus attention on a safe passing distance between vehicles and cyclists. Part of this campaign means that cyclists need to know HOW and WHERE we can ride our bicycles. Rather than asking where we can ride – what about those roads that Cyclists are NOT permitted to cycle on? These are either FREEWAYS or areas where Cycling Prohibited signs are displayed . Simply put, ‘freeways’ are designated as such in terms of the National Road Traffic Act. These may have different designations (N - National, R - Provincial or M - Municipal) – but if the following signs are displayed anywhere, YOU MAY NOT CYCLE there. Designated Freeway. Cycling prohibited. You can ride on any other road where it makes sense to do so safely!! So, what happens if you get hit by a vehicle when you are cycling on a road where you are not supposed to be? Your chances of surviving are slim and, at best, you will probably be severely injured. You are committing a traffic offence and you could be charged. Your insurances may not cover you or your bicycle. Considering the above, it just doesn’t seem worth the risk. What then? Where and how do we ride? We ask that motorists respect us and the laws. As cyclists we need to do the same. Only by riding responsibly where we are allowed to can we expect other road users to respect us. Respect the laws, respect other road users: It’s a two-way street. Live to enjoy the rides!!! Read more about the Pedal Power Association and their Safe Cycling and other campaigns on www.pedalpower.org.za
  22. The fences are designed to catch rocks of a certain size. Normal vegetation cover holds the soil together, and reduces the risk of smaller rocks rolling down the slope. However, the vegetation is still recovering from the fire. The geotechnical engineer’s report has made it clear that significant numbers of rocks about the size of a human fist continue to roll down onto the road. These pose a serious hazard to cyclists and pedestrians because of the height from which these projectiles fall off the mountain. The Department of Transport and Public Works considers the safety of road users to be its highest priority. It was hoping to have been able to remove the restrictions on cyclists and pedestrians at the end of November 2015, but the road is not yet safe. The situation will be reviewed again in 2016.
  23. Repair work on the catch fences above Chapman’s Peak Drive that were severely damaged during the fires of March 2015 has been completed. The only outstanding work on the contract is minor cleaning work and the planting of indigenous plants. The planting will be done early next year. The road will be open to two-way motor vehicle traffic during the December holiday period. However, no cyclists or pedestrians will be permitted on the road for safety reasons. Click here to view the article
  24. Unfortunately this also means an increase in accidents and cycling-related injuries. With so many jostling for space on the road, race organisers are urging cyclists and motorists to make safety their number one priority. “Many cycling-related accidents could have been prevented if cyclists and motorists were more aware of one another, and respect one another’s space on the road,” says David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “Tolerance, awareness and mutual respect is key during this time. If cyclists and motorists take the time to be considerate of each other’s needs, the roads will be a safer place for all.” With this firmly in mind, the Cape Town Cycle Tour has formed a number of relationships with products designed to increase cyclist’s safety on the road. The eeziFone device, which is available on the CTCT online store for R560, is a fully customisable GSM handset that features buttons pre-assigned to dial only select numbers, meaning you have instant access to family or emergency services should you require them. Another is the I.C.E ID (with the CTCT logo embossed on it) bracelet which has the wearer’s emergency and medical information. Cape Town Cycle Tour will also be partnering with Garmin to ensure ease of navigation. The Pedal Power Association (PPA) has thrown its considerable weight behind their ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ campaign that aims to create maximum awareness among all road users. “Lack of visibility is a key issue that contributes towards cycling accidents on our roads. This is why we brought out safe cycling jerseys that are highly visible and include the simple “Stay Wider of the Rider” message,” says PPA chairman Steve Hayward. “Let’s practice tolerance, respect and unity in order to be safer on the roads.” However, all the equipment and gear in the world is worth nothing without some common sense. Here, PPA and CTCTT have put together a comprehensive list of safety tips, which they encourage all cyclists to follow: Cyclists:Head gear: Never get on your bicycle without a helmet. Head injuries are the leading cause of cyclist fatalities so invest in a hard-shell helmet that fits properly and correctly position it on your head. A helmet is an important investment, so steer clear of the cheap ones. You are legally required to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. Wear some form of ID: When you are in an accident, you need to be sure that something or someone will speak on your behalf if you are unable to. When cycling, ensure that you have some form of identification on you and emergency contact details for a spouse, relative or friend – like the I.C.E ID Ride unplugged: You need to know what’s going on around you. So in the interest of your own safety, do not ride with earphones in. Chatting on your cell phone is not a good idea either. See and be seen: Motorists are naturally conditioned to keep an eye out for other vehicles. This means cyclists are often not seen until it’s too late. Increase your visibility by wearing bright, reflective clothing and fitting lights on your bike (a white light in front; a red one on the back) – especially when you ride at dusk or dawn. Obey the rules and be traffic savvy: As a road user you are required to obey all traffic laws and signs. Be assertive but not aggressive when riding. Show common courtesy and respect the rights of all other road users. Use hand signals: In the interest of courteousness and safety, tell motorists what you intend to do. Get out of town: Nothing beats the countryside when it comes to safe riding. Or even better: do some off road riding where there are no cars at all! Enter fun rides: This is the perfect environment to develop skills, and expose you to real-time race conditions. While indoor cycling is a great way to train for nervous first-timers, it is imperative to practice riding among other cyclists. Mind the weather: Avoid riding in bad weather – especially in foggy conditions. If you are out on a training ride and the weather turns foul, ride in single-file and be especially vigilant. Safety in numbers: Avoid riding alone. Group riding will not only teach you valuable bunch-riding skills, but will also ensure that help is at hand in case of an emergency. Join a club: Your local cycling club provides an instant supply of riding buddies, as well as a fun and safe environment in which to hone your cycling skills. Visit www.cyclelab.com and www.pedalpower.org.za for more information. MotoristsObey the rules: Treat cyclists like you would fellow motorists – always obey traffic laws and signs. Be aware: Cyclists may have to swerve to avoid an open car door or road hazard. Mind the gap: Leave at least a metre – ideally 1.5 metres – between yourself and a cyclist when overtaking. This gap is often misjudged, which leads to unnecessary accidents. If you are not sure you have enough room to pass a cyclist, don’t. Be patient: When the road is too narrow to overtake a cyclist safely, wait until the oncoming lane is clear before you pass. No hooting please: Do not hoot when approaching a cyclist from behind. This may startle a cyclist and causing them to veer into the road in front of you. Predict the future: Keep an eye on cyclists at intersections to judge their next move. Look out: If you are parked on the side of the road, first check for oncoming bicycles before opening your car door. Stay in your lane: When driving along a winding road, do not move into the yellow line or shoulder of the road to let someone pass – there may be cyclists around the next turn. Be seen: Drive with your headlights on – especially at dawn, dusk, in bad weather or when travelling on a long stretch of road. We wish you a safe and enjoyable festive season and a prosperous new year. For more information about the Cape Town Cycle Tour visit www.capetowncycletour.com. For more on the PPA’s Stay Wider of the Rider campaign visit http://www.pedalpower.org.za/safe-cycling-initiative/.
  25. The start of summer marks the unofficial start of cycling season in South Africa, with hundreds of cyclists starting to train ahead of the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour. Click here to view the article
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