Cyclists to ‘glow’

2017-05-23 06:00

I write in reference to “Riding to save cyclists’ lives” (People’s Post, 9 May).

I am an avid cyclist, a seven-time finisher of the Cape Town Cycle Tour and a member of the Pedal Power Association (PPA). I applaud PPA CEO Robert Vogel and his organisation’s safe cycling campaigns.

I have read many articles on cyclist safety. In nearly every instance, the focus is primarily on motorists’ responsibility in protecting cyclists. But cyclists, as well, must take responsibility for their own safety on the road.

One of the most effective ways is for cyclists to be more visible to cars. Recommendations for cyclists to “wear bright clothing” are not effective enough and are disregarded by many of the cyclists I have observed.

Every cyclist should wear a DayGlo reflective jersey (like the highly visible “Stay wider of the rider” cycle jerseys from PPA). Alternatively, cyclists should choose a lightweight zip-up DayGlo vest or bib to wear over their cycle jersey.

For safer cycling, go with DayGlo!

Bill Constantine Oranjezicht

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