Treat cyclists like cars, urges Sadd

2013-03-09 00:00

A GROUP of 23 cyclists will cycle for South Africans against Drunk Driving (SADD) at the 36th Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday to promote safe cycling on the roads.

SADD director Caro Smit said each cyclist had to raise at least R500, which will be pumped into cycle safety for both recreational and commuter cyclists.

“We’re going to be looking at how to educate those who have been cycling on the wrong side of the road and don’t have helmets or safety jackets.”

The initiative is the brainchild of Cycle Safe KZN, a branch of SADD that has funding from the Road Traffic Management Corporation and Brand House. They have donated cycling gear, which will be given to the needy after the Argus tour.

“Each person who cycles will find people in the community who are at risk, and we’ll handout this protective wear to them,” said Smit.

She pointed out that it was illegal to cycle without a helmet and added that SADD was planning to open a cycle track between Edendale and Imbali.

“People need to be aware of cyclists and treat cyclists like cars, which is what they’re meant to do. They’re supposed to wait behind the cyclist and when it’s safe to pass them, they must pass at 1,5 metres.”

Bearnie Pearce, the force behind Cycle Safe KZN, said: “Just about every weekend this year a cyclist has been killed, and enough is enough. We’re genuinely appealing to the community of ‘Maritzburg to come on board with Cycle Safe KZN.”

Pearce lost her husband, well-known Pietermaritzburg cardiologist Dr Adrian Pearce (44), when he was knocked off his bike while training in the Thornville area in 2011.

Pearce said tht since Cycle Safe KZN was started, they have erected a number of warning signs along the city’s recreational cycling routes and are planning other initiatives.

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