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July 2011

  • PPA membership reminder
  • PPA new MTB seeded numbers
  • PPA helmet safety drive
  • MTB skills workshop
  • Forthcoming events
  • This weekend on the calendar:Trastevere Wolseley MTB Challenge
MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT REMINDER PPA membership fees are due annually on 1 July. The easiest is to renew your membership via our secure online site . Amongst others, your Cycling South Africa membership fees will be paid on your behalf; you'll receive a seeded funride number to use at road and MTB events; PPA pays for its members to be timed at events, and you get various discounts. Read more on our website!

The Pedal Power Association ‘gave back’ to the community when committee and staff members of the Association, together with local Traffic Officers, a PPA cycling marshal  and friends of the PPA, spent a few chilly hours on Thursday 14 July to hand bicycle helmets and lights to commuters from the Danoon informal settlement.

Earlier this morning, cycling commuters from the Masiphumelele informal settlements were quite apprehensive when they were pulled off the road near the Sun Valley four-way intersection, but their apprehension soon turned to delight when the Pedal Power Association handed them free cycling helmets, while at the same time fitting red reflecting lights to their bicycles.

Entries are open for the Die Burger Mountain Bike Challenge on 30 July, and close on 18 July. Only the first 3500 entries will be accepted – enter now to avoid disappointment. If you want any of the special event clothing, please order those as you enter  as you won’t be able to buy it later.

The City of Cape Town has approved a revised Traffic Calming Policy that states that the safety of people (whether walking or cycling) in residential areas is paramount and takes precedence over vehicle mobility. Pedestrians and accidents have always been considered in the assessments but are now weighted more heavily. For example, the number of pedestrians and cyclists, as well as previous occurrences of vehicle accidents on a particular street, will now lend even greater weight to the consideration of traffic calming measures.

The Western Cape Minister of Safety, Dan Plato, has released the following statement regarding safety on Table Mountain: "Following my meeting during the week with law enforcement, SANParks and the chairperson of the Table Mountain Forum I am satisfied that all parties are committed to leaving no stone unturned to increase safety on Table Mountain. "With 25 new field rangers reporting for duty with Table Mountain National Park today, SANParks has stepped up patrols in areas identified as crime hotspots on the mountain chain. 

Cape Town, 1 July 2011:- The Pedal Power Association (PPA) is delighted to announce allocating some R1 850 000 to support 38 cycling-related projects over the next year, bringing the funding spent on cycling projects over the last four years to a total of just under R7 million. In this way, the Association has recently supported some 120 specific cycling-related projects.