Cyclist deaths on roads increase

2012-10-17 14:38

Johannesburg - As the number of cyclists increased on the roads, so has the number of fatalities, the Automobile Association (AA) said on Wednesday.

"In an average year, at least 40% of all fatalities and injuries come from pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists," said AA managing director Karen Bryden.

"During 2010, 252 cyclists alone were killed and an estimated 800 more injured."

While it was compulsory under South African law to wear protective headgear when riding a bicycle, many cyclists travelled without the necessary protective clothing which helped make them more visible to traffic.

For some, cycling was the only option of transport, while for others, the continued rise in fuel prices made it a more attractive alternative for road users.

Sharing the common road space invariably led to conflict between different types of vehicles and put the unprotected road users at greater risk.

The AA and the Road Accident Fund had joined forces to promote awareness on cycling safety and encouraged the wearing of effective protective gear in an attempt to reduce the number of crashes involving cyclists, Bryden said.

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-10-17 14:49

    I am more worried about the amount of farmers that are being murdered whilst trying to contribute to a failing economy.

      tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-10-17 15:39

      what a bonehead, and the cyclists who died didn't contribute to our economy? You come to this conclusion how may I ask?

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 15:48

      wrong article to comment on then dont you think...

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-17 17:31

      Scouter, you do you cause more ill than good by trolling articles like this. Many who feel for your cause become jaded and irritated because of this type of behavior.

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-10-17 14:52

    "conflict between different types of vehicles", I know the one type, which is pretty obvious. The ones that have their own law and do what they want on the road.

      conrad.marshall - 2012-10-17 15:11

      any 2-wheeled vehicle will always come 2nd in a conflict with a 4-wheeler.... i ride mtb every weekend and look out for my own safety. i've grown eyes in the back of my head, because believe me, cagers are out to kill cyclists...

      chris.kent.399488 - 2012-10-17 15:23

      This comment goes to louis.postma too. Yes, I drivers follow their own law these days just as much as drivers. I follow my own laws when riding, because I only have ONE law, and that's to ride in the safest way possible for ME, like on the pavements a lot and skipping robots when it's clear and safe for ME to ride, staying as far away from cars as possible and avoiding them as much as I can. Been in hospital too many times trying to share a road with them and riding by their rules. That's why I sold my roadbike and got myself a MTB!

      chris.kent.399488 - 2012-10-17 15:25

      Sorry, 2nd sentence should read: Riders follow...

  • IcemanGP - 2012-10-17 14:55

    I've been hit by cars 3 times. Every time the driver of said vehicle was chatting on their cell phones. And yes, i had a reflective jacket on.

      sfortmann1 - 2012-10-17 15:09

      Haha, dude, I think that is your hint to kinda stop

      conrad.marshall - 2012-10-17 15:12

      escpecially the young mommy in her big urban SUV.....

      IcemanGP - 2012-10-17 15:13

      Yeah but I won't, I now go off road MTB, cause them motorists are simply way to stupid, and you can't fight or educate stupidity.

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 15:53

      @IcemanGP - that’s the thing hey... everyone always thinks it’s the cyclists fault if he/she gets hit & that they somehow deserved it... I get out onto the quite roads outside the city to do my training! A guy got killed just up the rd from me 2 weeks ago.

      Adiela Diela - 2013-03-13 22:50

      Hi nw I wnt 2knw my fathr inlaw was a pensi0ner nd he was on a cycle passing ova pedestrain crossing.s0 a 24yr old guy cme speeding 0n nd kn0cked my fthr inlaw 0ver nd he went I dun0 hw mny meters up in de fathr inlaw was transp0rted 2gr00te schuur h0sptl 0n de 30th january 2013 nd being admitted wth several multiple injuries nd died on de 12th february 2013.can we g0 4de RAF claim

  • louis.postma - 2012-10-17 14:56

    i think cyclist needs to get licenses again because they are a danger to themselves and everybody else on the road

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-10-17 15:00

      lois, you are a jerk!

      IcemanGP - 2012-10-17 15:02

      And what about said idiots that are too poor to afford a hands free kit whilst driving the latest luxury vehicle. I think they are more of a danger.

      louis.postma - 2012-10-17 15:09

      airborne and iceman, I cycled for a long time untill I could afford a car and I never cycled in the center of a car lane or crossed without looking oncoming traffic

      IcemanGP - 2012-10-17 15:15

      Fair enough, their are some cyclists on 80 thousand rand bikes that are snobby idiots too. But he still cannot stop as fast as you can in a car, and as a former cyclist, you should know that.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-10-17 15:40

      lois, what is your point? I have a car and I like to cycle. Both road and offroad. Cyclists are killed by irresponsible drivers most of the time, not due to riding in the middle of the road or into oncoming traffic. Get real! Jerk!

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 15:58

      “i think cyclist needs to get licenses again”….again? I don’t recall anyone having to have a license to ride a bicycle? The guy killed in PE a week ago, was on HIS side of the road & got hit by a drunk driver that was on the wrong side of the road at 8am in the make far too many generalisations about cyclists, especially since you say you used to cycle too!

  • conrad.marshall - 2012-10-17 15:08

    to all the cyclist-haters in their cages, just remember: a cyclist can't kill you with his vehicle.... just saying.

      sfortmann1 - 2012-10-17 15:18 \r\n\r\nSorry what??

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-17 15:23

      cyclists kill themselves with stupid riding habits. I don't care if its early Saturday morning. GTF out of the way and ride in single file retards

      Spiral - 2012-10-17 16:02

      @hallo.daar.56 - you sound intelligent. Cyclists don’t kill themselves. Careless, selfish drivers like you do.

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-17 17:34

      PE wit?

  • sfortmann1 - 2012-10-17 15:15

    You can't blame the drivers, I have seen numerous riders, slow down and treat a red robot as a yield, if you are sharing the road with cars, then you have to all play by the same rules. You go through reds, don't even slow down at stop streets and yet when there is an accident, its the cars fault. It I see another cyclist going through a red robot I hope he crashes his R40 000 bike and gets a road rash on his shaved legs. Play by the rules or get off the roads! Simple as that.

      Bazzpete - 2012-10-17 15:21

      100% agree with you. Try drive along Old Johannesburg Road and they ride 4 abreast! I drive and think Bike but I also firmly believe cyclists should also stop to think Car! My wife hooted at one guy who swerved in front of her. Prick came up when she stopped at a red light 200m further and started abusing her while his mates went on through the light.

      suivez.raison - 2012-10-17 15:45

      I am not prone to roadrage, but cyclists riding next to each other and not single file and expecting me to drive behind them at 5km/h or less really, really angers me and messes up my day! And if you hoot at them, they swear at you and give you the middlefinger. I have decided to start taking photo's/videos of these arrogant idiots and would like to know where I can publish it for the world to see.

  • eric.shinn.90 - 2012-10-17 15:31

    LOL, My efforts have not gone un-noticed :)

  • zaahidAG - 2012-10-17 15:32

    Thats the reason why I only cycle on the beach front promenade - No cars!

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-17 15:47

    These rich tools riding around on their R20 000 bikes in their stupid cycling suits are asking for it. They ride 2 or 3 abreast like they own the road. I've got no problem with a guy cycling to work but these arrogant fools get no mercy from me.

      chris.kent.399488 - 2012-10-17 17:48

      Pisses me off too when cyclists ride next to each other when it's unsafe to do so or when they obstruct other cyclists or cars wanting to pass, and that goes for races/funrides as well!

      loumari.jacobs - 2012-10-20 09:15

      These 'rich tools' you are referring to are human beings just like you! And just like you get reckless motor vehicle drivers, you get reckless cyclists as well, but that doesn't mean all car drivers or all cyclist are reckless! I've lost my mother, who loved cycling, at the beginning of this year in a cycling accident! They were on a tandem and both were killed! They were the safest cyclists I've known! And for you to come and call cyclists 'arrogant fools' is just rude! I think the people driving cars are the 'arrogant fools' because they don't care about cyclists on the roads, or even think for a second that these cyclists are people with families waiting for them at home! Just like all drivers want to get home safely after driving, so does all cyclists... Except, its always the car drivers who gets home safely and not the cyclists! I think we as drivers should be more aware of cyclists on the roads!

  • jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-10-17 16:13

    Countless times I have driven urban roads around Cape Town, roads like Constantia neck, Ou Kaapse Weg, before sunrise. Every time I have driven there are numerous cyclists that are wearing NO form of reflective gear or lights. Should I be involved in a accident with one of these road users I am the one brought up on charges. Where is the responsibility of the ccyclist to ensure their own safety? They constantly ride 2 or 3 abreast, with out lights or reflectors, and frequently ride through stop streets and red lights. Some cyclists do their part and bring a smile to my face as they sometimes look like xmas trees, but at least I know they are there and they know that I can see them. Being a motorcyclist myself, I appreciate the complaints of the cyclists concerning bad car drivers on cell phones, but please, do your part to ensure your safety as well as the rest of us. The same goes for joggers. Wear bright clothing, a flashing light. And stay off the road where the cars and trucks are.

      jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-10-18 13:37

      the thumbs down must be one of those cyclists that is an idiot for not putting lights on their bicycle.

  • jan.plank.35 - 2012-10-17 16:26

    The cyclists sometimes ride up to three abreast. No wonder they get knocked over.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-10-17 19:31

    People are generally too reckless on the roads. If there is a cyclist in front of you on a single lane road, you slow down. So what if he is only going 20kph, stay patient and wait for a safe opportunity to overtake at a safe distance. Most of the time drivers are in a hurried frame-of-mind for no reason.

      Spiral - 2012-10-18 11:43

      exactly... the 20 seconds you might lose being patient isnt going to affect your life in any way!

      jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-10-18 13:40

      fair enough. but then they mustn't ride all over the road, shoot red lights, jump stop signs and generally disobey the rules of the road. I give riders a wide birth and am considerate to their needs. They should be considerate too of other road users.

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