17 Feb 2015 Apply now for the 2015 PPA Safe Cycling start group
PPA members are invited to apply to ride in the PPA Safe Cycling STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER start group for the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour. The group will have a start time of between 07h00 and 07h15. Application to ride in this start group is free. Only 200 riders can be accommodated in this start group.
One of the PPA’s primary roles is to protect and empower cyclists. Our new STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER campaign aims to create maximum awareness amongst drivers that will hopefully lead to safer roads for our cyclists.
Statistics show that almost all cycling fatalities on our roads are caused by cyclists being hit by a motor vehicle from behind or when a vehicle underestimates the speed of a cyclist and turns in front of the cyclist. Cyclists have almost no protection when they are involved in an accident, so by giving them adequate space on the roads, motorists can avoid accidents that can cost precious lives.
The PPA launched the very successful ‘Cyclists Stay Alive at 1.5’ campaign back in 2011 which resulted in a 1 metre passing law which was promulgated in 2013 in the Western Cape. The PPA will continue to lobby for a 1.5 metre passing distance. The STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER campaign urges motorists to pass cyclists at a safe distance of at least 1 metre or more.
Top South African celebrities DJ Fresh, Joel Stransky, Gugu Zulu, DJ Suga and Anne Siroky all support the campaign delivering a powerful message in support of safe cycling via the media. Come ride with us and show your support for Safe Cycling in South Africa.
To ride in the Safe Cycling start group, cyclists:
- Must already be entered into the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour; and
- Must commit to wear the new PPA STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER Safe Cycling jersey on the day.
- Preference will be given to riders who enter the Awareness Ride on 28 February 2015.
Please note that a maximum of 200 cyclists can be accepted into this start group. Applications must be received online by 17 February, via the link below.
Once accepted and seeded in this group, you will not receive an individual Cycle Tour seeding as well. Please note that we can unfortunately not guarantee that you will be accepted into this start group.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE 17 FEBRUARY 2015 AT 17h00
In order to be considered for the Safe Cycling start group, please apply and complete all the details. There is no cost associated with this application. All cyclists who had entered the Cycle Tour will be notified via email as to their seeding for the event.