Cycling vs cars - it’s a two way street

2016-04-07 06:00
The Pedal Power Association runs campaigns striving to focus attention on a safe passing distance between vehicles and cyclists and roads that cyclists are not permitted to cycle on.Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

The Pedal Power Association runs campaigns striving to focus attention on a safe passing distance between vehicles and cyclists and roads that cyclists are not permitted to cycle on.Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Cycling is an increasingly popular sport with many cyclists training on public roads. With the increase in cyclists on the roads comes an increased risk of cyclists also being hit by a vehicle.

The Pedal Power Association runs campaigns striving to focus attention on a safe passing distance between vehicles and cyclists.

“Part of this campaign means that cyclists need to know how and where they can ride their bicycles. It also strives to focus attention on a safe passing distance between vehicles and cyclists,” said Liz Heydra, Safe Cycling Campaign Manager of the Pedal Power Association.

“Rather than asking where we can ride – what about those roads that cyclists are not permitted to cycle on? These are either freeways or areas where cycling prohibited signs are displayed. You can ride on any other road, where it makes sense to do so safely!”

So, what happens if you get hit by a vehicle when you are cycling on a road where you are not supposed to be?

. Your chances of surviving are slim and, at best, you will probably be severely injured.

. You are committing a traffic offence and you could be charged.

. Your insurances may not cover you or your bicycle.

“We ask that motorists respect us cyclists and the laws. But as cyclists we need to do the same. Only by riding responsibly where we are allowed to can we expect other road users to respect us.

“Respect the laws, respect other road users. It’s a two-way street. Live to enjoy the rides,” said Heydra.

  • Read more about the Pedal Power Association and their Safe Cycling and other campaigns on www.pedalpower.org.za

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