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Join the PPA Safe Cycling start group at the 2015 Momentum 947

Join the PPA Safe Cycling start group at the 2015 Momentum 947

You are invited to apply now to ride in the PPA Safe Cycling STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER start group with a preferential (early) start time at the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How do you get accepted? You simply need to enter the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge (www.cyclechallenge.co.za), 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.Two hundred spots are available.

Applications to be seeded in this start group can be done online from Wednesday 8 July 2015 . Once you have entered the Cycle Challenge, apply here to ride in the PPA ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ Safe Cycling start group. You can at the same time buy your PPA ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ jersey if you do not already own one. Event entries as well as Safe Cycling start group applications close on 31 August 2015.

PPA ‘STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER’ jerseys are available online at R400 for short sleeve and R490 for long sleeve jerseys. You will also be able to buy one of these highly visible shirts at the PPA Safe Cycling stand at the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge Expo at The Dome. If you ordered your jersey online, you can collect your Safe Cycling jersey from the PPA stand at the Expo. Again, please note that it is a prerequisite to wear your Safe Cycling jersey in order to be allowed into the Safe Cycling start chute. 

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 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge 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.