Monday, February 16, 2009

Cyclist unsafe on City roads

By Mishkah Anthony
16 February 2009

A Cape Town professional cyclist says he fears for his life every time he trains on the road. Former Springbok cyclist Chris Willemse junior is worried after a fourth cyclist was killed in a short space of time in the Mother City.

Constantia businessman Colin van Schalkwyk was training for the Pick n Pay Cape Argus cycle tour when he was hit by a truck in Milnerton. The issue of cyclist safety has once again been raised ahead of this year’s cycle tour on the 8th of next month.

Meanwhile the City of Cape Town has said that, additional precautions will be taken to protect cyclists.
The City’s Pieter Cronje says the City appeals to road user to obey the traffic rules, to be considerate, to be tolerant, for cyclist ride defensively and be visible at all times.
“Motorist should understand the cyclist will always come off second.”


At Monday, 16 February, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too, am am an avid cyclist, giong long distance as well as doing all my shopping. Last year I used but 25 l fuel for my car.
But I have noticed that sometimes these "professional" cyclists bunch up when "challenging" and the echelon rear makes rude hand signals when a motorist dares to tap the hooter. It is then that they deamand priority! Not one of them will admit doing so. Any driver foolish enough to stop to remonstrate is intimidated by a shouting gang and the is generally no way of tracing these "cycle thugs".


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