Bikers ride to promote safety

2016-07-20 06:00
THE bikers impressed Kimberley residents when they promoted road safety on Saturday (16/07). Photo: Boipelo Mere

THE bikers impressed Kimberley residents when they promoted road safety on Saturday (16/07). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE idea was not to put the speed of their bikes to the test or to display their skills when they drove through the streets of Kimberley on Saturday morning (16/07).

Rather, it was all an effort to eliminate the high rate of accidents on the roads and to save lives.

The group of bikers, all of different clubs in Kimberley, had decided that the best way of communicating with drivers and road users was to let them observe them on the roads. They said they would also continue to use the slogan: “God, I love my bike, but please protect me so that I can arrive safely at my home.”

The CC Riders have been organising this awareness campaign on an annual basis.

Other local biker clubs have also been invited to participate.

The bikers assembled at the Kimberley Station at 09:00 before they rode to four different intersections in Kimberley where they handed out pamphlets and talked to motorists about road safety awareness.

They parked their bikes on the pavements for about an hour and interacted with motorists before moving on to the next stop.

According to Melvyn Tiger, the president of the CC Bikers Club, this is an ongoing initiative undertaken by local bikers because of the many lives that have been lost on the roads.

“We have to continue in our efforts to prevent road accidents, as too many bikers have lost their lives in the last four years,” emphasised Tiger.

He added that they tried their best by also working with the provincial Traffic Department to stay within the limits of the law.

The president sounded a warning, especially to the youth, that although biking was an exciting sport, it could be dangerous.

“It is dangerous, because you are exposed. More commuters are using bikes these days and it is important that they ride responsibly and always keep within the limits of the law.”

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