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Car hits cyclists, 1 dead

2013-04-03 10:00

Cape Town - A Cape Town cyclist was killed and another injured when they were hit by a vehicle in Muizenberg, it was reported on Wednesday.

Emergency medical services spokesperson Keri Davids told the Cape Times that a man was declared dead on Prince George Drive on Tuesday and a seriously injured woman was taken to hospital.

Pedal Power Association member Noel van Zyl urged cyclists and motorists to be tolerant and adhere to the rules of the road.

His son Andrew was killed in an accident in Milnerton nine years ago.

"I think it is about the behaviour of both sides. Motorists and cyclists need to work together to solve the problem of cyclists being knocked down," he said.

He said more cycle lanes were needed in Cape Town.

Comments
  • Silenta Solly - 2013-04-03 10:28

    More houses are needed in cape town.....majority of the people in cape town are coloureds then black and 99% of them dont cycle, they dont care about cycle lanes.......DA must first address their immediate needs......I do agree though both cyclists and drivers should be more tolerate of each other on the roads, sad loss......RIP to the guy and a speedy recovery to the woman

      Vash Ramsunder - 2013-04-04 11:52

      I am sure this person was not a recreational cyclist, he was cycling to work. Under the traffic laws in SA a bicycle is deemed a vehicle, sure there are idiots that cycle, but those are idiots and do not deserve the death penalty. My dad was killed 7 years ago on a bicycle and I attend cycling safety awareness initiatives, just a few months ago we had another commuter killed in this way... Skin colour should have nothing to do with this

  • Sipho Marete - 2013-04-03 11:29

    Cyclists ride to far the vehicles lanes, forcing the vehicle to break the traffic rules to cross the white line onto the oncoming traffic's lane. If there is no oncoming traffic, no problem, but if there is oncoming traffic, the cyclist has a problem. He has to move out of the way, if he doesn't, he gets knocked down, end of the pest, end of the story, no more problem.

      Imagine Sense - 2013-04-03 12:20

      Smaal cars ride to far the vehicles lanes, forcing big trucks to break the traffic rules to cross the white line onto the oncoming traffic's lane. If there is no oncoming traffic, no problem, but if there is oncoming traffic, the small car has a problem. He has to move out of the way, if he doesn't, he gets squashed by the big truck, end of the pest, end of the story, no more problem.

      kseyffert - 2013-04-03 12:23

      Twat! The cyclist is also a road user and if you cannot overtake them safely then you obliged by law to match their speed and wait your turn.

      Shirley Wilson Inglis - 2013-04-03 17:16

      Do you ram farm vehicles too? Where did you buy your license?

  • Chaze Damonze - 2013-04-03 11:49

    I agree that its the responsibility of both the driver and cyclist as i have seen arrogance from both in my short time as a driver. Even on narrow roads I've seen cyclists riding next to one another. But I've also seen how drivers try to scare off cyclists so no single road user is to blame.

  • mphumzi - 2013-04-03 12:05

    do what i do slow down when you see cyclists they can be very bad on the road...

      Shirley Wilson Inglis - 2013-04-03 17:13

      You are a responsible driver. Thank you

  • kseyffert - 2013-04-03 12:21

    agreed! Both sides at fault generally.

  • Imagine Sense - 2013-04-03 12:30

    When you drive into the back of another car you are always guilty. When you murder a cyclist by driving over him from behind, how can you NOT be guilty? Now suddenly its the cyclist's fault? (because he did not stop at the stop street 2 kms back?). Murderers (like Sipho Marete, see his nauseating post above) should not be allowed to drive anything, definitely not a motorised vehicle.

      Shirley Wilson Inglis - 2013-04-03 17:14

      Agreed

  • PHUZZY187 - 2013-04-03 13:03

    full agree but how many of then actuially use the lanes

  • Pieter Maritz - 2013-04-03 14:03

    In the rain in Cape Town yesterday - a cyclist fell off his bike in front of me at about 60k/ph. Because i was aware of the cyclist a incident like this could have turned into a tradegy - NOT only for the cyclist but for myself as well - RESPECT each other !!! ( that's both ways )

      Shirley Wilson Inglis - 2013-04-03 17:15

      Agreed

  • Peter Petigrew - 2013-04-03 16:24

    its both parties at fault. numerous times there have been cyclists riding side by side including anywhere between 2 - 5 cyclist in kzn. ive witnessed cyclists taking over the road with no regard for drivers. just assuming they have right of way. 3 times ive had to slow down and wait for 5min for cyclists to adhere to road rules and move out the road. so in most cases , its extremely sad but avoidable if cyclists could also do their part.

      Shirley Wilson Inglis - 2013-04-03 17:19

      Agreed to a certain extent. Cyclists are to be treated as any other vehicle. Many of which travel at 60km/h and have to slow down for cars. So if you have a cyclist you need to overtake, let them know you are there, and overtake like any other vehicle. They are road users too. Pay their taxes too

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