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Author: PedalPower

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.

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.

The Table Mountain Forum (TMF) will on Sunday 19 June host the first of a series of Safe Mountain Days aimed at increasing awareness around the safety plan for the mountain and encouraging the public to play their part in efforts to ensure that all enjoy what the world famous landmark has to offer, without the fear of falling victim to crime.

It's all systems go as the Cape Winelands gear up for the Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend, with events including wine tasting at more than 30 wine farms and establishments, various arts and crafts, cheese/olive/food tasting, boat cruises - and, amongst others, a mountain bike event to work it all off.