13 Dec 2022 Safe Cycling This Summer
“Sharing is caring on our road network this summer,” says Neil Robinson, CEO of one of South Africa’s oldest cycling communities, the Pedal Power Association.
“It’s wonderful to welcome tourists back to South Africa and to be able to enjoy all our special destinations after two summers severely impacted by Covid-19. But this means more of us out and about on the roads.”
“The cycling community appeals to motorists to respect all road users, share the road and ‘stay wider of the rider’.”
“Be cautious and pass with a space of one metre around cyclists. Look out for people on bikes as many will be using this clean, green mode of transport to see the sites and enjoy our towns, cities and rural areas. Cyclists share the road with cars and in the event of an accident cyclists and pedestrians are the most vulnerable.”
“Bicycles take up less road space than cars, help to reduce traffic congestion and leave no emissions. They make an important and growing contribution to sustainable transport in SA, so let’s welcome them and help to keep all cyclists safe.”
“Take special care at intersections, where many accidents happen and if traffic lights are not working due to loadshedding, remember to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.”
Top tips for safe cycling this summer:
- Be visible on your bike and indicate your intentions
- Always wear your helmet.
- Respect and obey the rules of the road and especially ride in single file
- Be courteous to motorists who give you room and are careful
Report damaged and broken road infrastructure
Potholes, damaged infrastructure and missing manhole covers can cause serious injuries to cyclists and pedestrians, as well as damage vehicles. Report these to the local authorities.
In Cape Town call 0800 65 64 63, toll-free to report issues 24/7 in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa.
In Joburg WhatsApp 084 768 4653
In eThekwini (Durban) WhatsApp 073 148 3477
For all crime, infrastructure and crashes related incidents WhatsApp PPA Hotline 0820439890