The PPA has also warned riders to adhere to the rules of the road. The Pedal Power Association (PPA) has again condemned the state of cycling safety on South African roads as cyclists are increasingly under ‘attack’ from road users and criminals.
This follows two incidents in Gauteng and one in Mpumalanga in January. “On January 26, a cyclist was airlifted after a collision with a vehicle in Muldersdrift on the R374. They managed to stabilise the patient. The PPA has warned that cyclists should ride in larger groups to avoid being easy targets to criminals. “On January 27, another cyclist was struck by a taxi along Main Reef Road at the R41. The cyclist died on the scene.
“A cyclist was also killed on January 6, on the R104 from Bronkhorstspruit to Balmoral, when he was hit by a silver BMW X series,” said the PPA campaign manager Liz Heydra.
The danger exists with cyclists preparing for races such as the Ride for Sight in Boksburg on February 19 and the Emperors Palace Classic in March.
Heydra explained they are working with authorities to establish ways to make roads safer for cyclists.
While admitting that the process has been slow, she said the organisation has started several campaigns, like staying wide of the rider and encouraging motorists to give riders a 1.5m leeway on the road. “We organise regular sticker handouts via affiliated cycling clubs throughout South Africa, to educate motorists about how vulnerable cyclists are on the road and to give cyclists […]
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