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Join the PPA Safe Cycling start group at the 2015 Amashova

Join the PPA Safe Cycling start group at the 2015 Amashova

You are invited to apply for the PPA Safe Cycling STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER start group with a preferential start time at this year’s Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic on Sunday 18 October. It is the first time that an exclusive Safe Cycling Start Group of 200 riders will be included in the race to show their support for Safe Cycling in South Africa.

How do you get accepted? You simply need to enter the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, apply online to ride in the PPA ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ Safe Cycling start group, and agree to ride the event in a PPA ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ jersey. Spots for this start group will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and only two hundred spots are available. Jerseys bought online can be collected at the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic Expo prior to the race.

PPA ‘STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER’ jerseys cost R400 for short R490 for long-sleeves. Cyclists will also be able to buy one of these highly visible shirts at the PPA ‘Stay Wider’ stand at the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic Expo.

WHAT IS THE PPA ‘STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER’ CAMPAIGN?

The Pedal Power Association is a Public Benefit Organisation committed to promote cycling and the interests of cyclists. Our new PPA ‘STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER’ campaign launched in February 2015 ahead of the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour. It aims to create maximum awareness amongst all road users, especially motorists, which will hopefully lead to safer roads for all cyclists.

Join thousands of supporters and pledge your support for the PPA Safe Cycling campaign by riding in a PPA STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER jersey at this year’s Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge.

Visibility is a key issue that contributes towards cycling accidents on our roads. The new “Stay Wider of the Rider” safe cycling jerseys are highly visible and include the simple “Stay Wider of the Rider” message, says chairman of the Pedal Power Association, Steve Hayward.  “It is our responsibility as drivers to become more aware and tolerant of other road users,” says Hayward.

Statistics show that 84% of 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. 

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The PPA launched the very successful ‘Cyclists Stay Alive at 1.5’ campaign back in 2011 which resulted in a law promulgated in 2013 in the Western Cape which states that motorists must pass cyclists with a passing distance of (at least) 1m. Through the STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER campaign, PPA urges motorists to obey the law and 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 Liezel van der Westhuizen all support the campaign, assisting to deliver a powerful message in support of safe cycling via the media.

Come ride the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic with us and show your support for Safe Cycling in South Africa.

Enquiries:

Contact Liz Heydra at the PPA Office on (021) 671-3478 / 6340 or email  liz@pedalpower.org.za.