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Join us in PE to promote that ‘CYCLISTS STAY ALIVE AT 1.5m’

Join us in PE to promote that ‘CYCLISTS STAY ALIVE AT 1.5m’

“Enough is enough! Too many cyclists have been knocked down or killed on our roads. We need to raise more awareness around the safety of cyclists and safe passing distances,” said Pedal Power Association chairman Steve Hayward.  Please join us at the start of the 21km Powerade Leisure Ride in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 1 February 2014 for the erection of a ghost bike to raise awareness around safe cycling and to commemorate cyclists who lost their lives in the last year.

PPA Chairman Steve Hayward will say a few words at 09h45, followed by a moment’s silence.

Come visit the Pedal Power stall at the Herald VW Cycle Tour Expo.on Friday 31 January 2014 and Saturday 1 February 2014 where you can collect your safe cycling bumper sticker, as well as buy your highly visible safe cycling jersey.

The Pedal Power Association is campaigning to get a 1.5m safe passing distance written into national legislation.
“We are doing what we can to get the message out there that CYCLISTS STAY ALIVE AT 1.5m,” Hayward said. “The PPA Safe Cycling campaign strives to focus attention on cyclists’ safety in general, creating a ‘share the road’ mentality between all road users and specifically lobbying for a legal passing distance of 1.5m between vehicles and cyclists to bring South Africa onboard with cycle-friendly countries like Spain and France.” Hayward said.

“Following our campaign, the Western Cape Government legislated a safe passing distance of 1m. While we are thankful that a minimum distance has been instituted, we are still lobbying for a national passing distance of 1.5m, following international research and best practice. Remember, CYCLISTS STAY ALIVE AT 1.5m.”
Under South African law, bicycles are regarded as vehicles. That means cyclists – whether sports cyclists or commuters – have as much right to be on the roads as a car, taxi or bus. However, as a road user, traffic laws need to be obeyed by cyclists, as is the case with all other road users.
“South African road users need to learn tolerance, and to share the road space. With the continued rise in fuel price, cycling is the ideal way to commute to work if you live up to 10km from your work, with both economic and health benefits thrown in. But that will work only if circumstances change in South Africa so that people feel safe to use the roads,” Hayward said.
“We would like to urge motorists throughout South Africa to continue giving cyclists a wide berth on an ongoing basis. In particular, motorists should be extra vigilant around commuters or children who may not have the same bicycle handling skills as sports cyclists; in very windy conditions; or in areas with potholes and debris on the road which may cause cyclists to swerve. We also urge cyclists to ride responsibly and obey traffic laws; always wear helmets; to ride in a predictable manner; and to be as visible as possible through wearing brightly coloured clothing and by fitting lights to their bicycles.”
Saturday 1 February 2014
09h30 for 09h45
Intersection of Hobie Beach and Beach Roads, Port Elizabeth