Cyclists urged to be cautious

2020-05-19 06:01
Pedal Power Association urges cyclists to remain vigilant and try to avoid known crime hotspots when out cycling.

Pedal Power Association urges cyclists to remain vigilant and try to avoid known crime hotspots when out cycling.

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A week after it was announced that outdoor exercising will be allowed under strict conditions effective Friday 1 May, crime has once again reared its ugly head on Thursday 7 May, with two attacks on cyclists, one in Cape Town and the other in Port Elizabeth.

“We are asking everyone to please be cautious and to avoid known crime hotspots when out cycling,” says Rens Rezelman, chair of the Pedal Power Association.

On that Thursday, a cyclist was bike-jacked by two men at around 07:00 at the intersection of Hout Bay Main and Nelson Mandela roads, close to the entrance to Imizamo Yethu.

“Please be aware that criminals know that cyclists are out on the road between 06:00 and 09:00, says Rezelman. The attackers apparently hid behind the trees and then pretended to cross the street before they attacked, stealing his bike and cellphone.”

The incident was reported to Hout Bay police station.

In Port Elizabeth, mountain biker, Ed Bennet was also attacked at 07:00, at the corner of Sardinia Bay Road and Victoria Drive.

The attacker hauled Bennet off his bike and dragged him towards the bushes. He ran away after Bennet managed to fight him off.

Rezelman said they are happy to report Bennet was not injured.

The Victoria Drive area in the vicinity of the Sardinia Bay turnoff and all the way down to Schoenmakerskop has been a trouble spot over the years with several incidents of this nature, including visiting Iron Man triathletes being attacked.

“It is also very important to report cases to your nearest police station in order for us to request patrols in the morning, to combat attacks like these,” Rezelman concluded.


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