Cyclist makes fatal mistake

2011-02-06 22:53

Pietermaritzburg - A teenage cyclist was killed in a freak accident while taking part in the Lassen Road Cycle Race near Camperdown on Sunday when he was run over by a construction truck.

Michael Ramsey, 14, died when his bicycle slipped on an uneven surface while he was trying to avoid a construction vehicle behind him and fell on the road.

The truck drove over him, causing massive head injuries.

Attempts to get more information by The Witness about the teenage cyclist were unsuccessful.

His mother, Cynthia Ramsey, who was still devastated by the accident, declined to comment.

KwaZulu-Natal department of transport spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said: “The organisers had their own marshals and they did not invite RTI (Road Traffic Inspectorate) to monitor the traffic during the race.”

She said this was becoming a big problem because in October last year a cyclist had been killed during an event at the Midmar Dam in Howick.

Knocked her down

Alice Knight, 54, from the Durban area was struck by a car which had cut in front of her on the R103 while competing in the Time Freight Midmar Notts Road Race in October.

She died after being struck by a car which had cut in front of her on the R103 at the entrance to the dam, knocking her down with “extensive force”, said Mngomezulu.

“Organisers of races are urged to invite us when conducting such races because RTI has trained personnel who can do this kind of work instead of getting their own marshals. Our job is to help save lives on the road”, added Mngomezulu.

Cycling KZN president Mike Bradely said he had only recently become president, but one of his goals for this year is to engage with various departments to come up with a solution to curb instances like this from occurring.

“Thus far we are not allowed to have full road closures when hosting these races which is a big problem because cycling is only done on public roads unlike soccer or rugby which has safer environments in which to perform,” said Bradely.

He said another problem with getting RTI on board during such races is that they charge organisers exorbitant amounts of money just to control the traffic while the race is on.

Bradely said, “If we are to host the 2020 Olympics in Durban, the provincial government should start taking cycling seriously because it has a great number of participants.

"When hosting a cycling event the government needs to allow cyclist to have full road closures to prevent freak accidents like this one from occurring.”

“Even though I do not have details of what happened to the young cyclist, I would like to offer my condolences to his mother and his entire family for the loss of their son,” added Bradely.

  • valleeboi - 2011-02-06 23:39

    I agree, full road closures or else the government must provide the RTI for FREE

      Flee - 2011-02-07 09:39

      The Truth... He wasn't practicing in traffic, he was partaking in a race... Unfortunately the race organizers didn't take the necessary precautions to ensure the participants safety... Motorists are often blamed but they are seldom to blame... I do send my sympathies to the family and friends of the young man.. It is sad to loose one sooo young.

      Heks - 2011-02-07 12:44

      This is B S The race organizers must take responsibility for this unnecessary death!!!!!!! condolences to the family

      John Smith - 2011-02-07 13:19

      In response to Flee... I realise the details of what happened are very sketchy in the article, BUT, it is the duty of the driver behind to be able to stop or avoid the 'vehicle' ahead should anything unforeseen happen. This is the same whether the 'vehicle' in front is a pedestrian, a cyclist or another motorised vehicle. All of us using the roads need to drive according to the circumstances around us showing far more respect for other road users.

      Grant - 2011-02-07 17:38

      @John Smith - whilst I agree with you to a degree, a vehicle is still allowed to overtake. Sudden loss of control of the vehicle being overtaken can hardly be blamed on the following vehicle. If a padestrian falls into the road from a pavement, is it the drivers fault if there is a collision? We cant all drive at the speed of padestrians. :s

      SX137 - 2011-02-07 19:30

      Condolences to the family on your tragic loss @Grant. Taxi and truck drivers in SA drive at the absolute edge of control in any circumstance. There is simply no leeway left for them to take corrective or avoidance measures if an 'event' occurs in front of them. SA taxi and truck drivers simply don't give a toss about other road users, even to the point that they try and brush past other road users as close to them as possible. They also try and intimidate those they feel are slowing them down by aggressive driving. It is the selfish and bad attitude of these drivers that are causing these unnecessary deaths and until this changes, I for one, will not dare venture on our roads on a bicycle.

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-02-08 09:02

      Have any of you ladies ever tried performing an emergency stop in an 18-wheeler?

  • Robin - 2011-02-07 00:23

    Full Road Closures YES..I ahte cyclists at times but they also have rights....How can you race when its a road?? Cars cross the athletic track?? Also on big long distance running races..Roads get closed why not for cyclists?? Enough already

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 08:28

      You hate cyclists? Damn they must have done some terrible stuff to you personally for you to hate them...

      Megan - 2011-02-07 09:58

      Ah Pointblankza, I fully agree that organised races should have full road closures in order for those who enjoy the sport to be able to do so safely. However, I agree with Robin, I too hate cylists on the road. Mainly because far too many of them seem to believe that the law of the road does not apply to them. As someone pointed out earlier, it is not always the motorists fault but they are always blamed. Cyclists on the road need to understand that red traffic lights, stop streets, etc apply to them as well. There is nothing worse than driving along Constantia Nek (in Cape Town) only to come around a blind corner to find 7 cyclists in the middle of the road!! Safety on the road for cyclists works both ways, and too many of them seem to think that they can do whatever they want and everyone else must just watch out for them. To stay on the subject at hand, my condolences to the family of this young boy. Sounds like the race organisers have a lot to answer for as they failed to ensure the route the was safe.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 12:19

      Megan, I have seen cyclists run over when they were in a cycling lane. To blatantly generalize in the sickening manner in which motorsits do is unacceptable. I live in an area which has a massive cycling fraternity and the majority abide by the rules of the road. However, not much can be said of ther motorists who speed past them, fail to swing out for the regulatory 1.5 meters and seem to actually try "send a message" to the cyclist that they are "in the way"... so please do not try and wimp your way out of the responsibility of the motorist. It may not be ALWAYS the motorists fault but I can bet you that a majortiy of cyclist accidents could have been avoided if only the motorist exercised caution and patience. It's simple, when you see a cyclist SLOW DOWN!!! It will take you literally a few seconds to have an opportunity to pass them safely, the problem lies when people are inconsiderate and the cyclist makes a mistake, as in this situation, and falls under the vehicle. If that truck driver had exercised caution he would have been able to a) aviod riding over the childs head b)taken evasive action and avoided the poor child altogether.. but no, witnesses reported the truck to be driving too fast, but according to your arguments we musn't blame the motorist, they always getrting blamed right?

      thuthukag - 2011-02-07 14:23

      @ Mike, because they are living breathing human beings. Sort of like that pedestrian who moves as the light turns amber, what then, put you foot down on the gas pedal? A little patience never killed anyone mate. Next thing we'll be complaining about joggers.

      cosmic_99 - 2011-02-07 14:26

      Pointblank, There is no point in defending cyclists. There is also no point in defending motorists. A large portion of each grouping seem to break the law, or just lack consideration and respect for others. The only thing I can add is the following: regardless of whether the cyclist is doing the right thing, he or she is usually much more vulnerable that a motorised vehicle. I therefore find their antics and behaviour absolutely amazing. They can continue to prove that they have every right to be on the roads, but they may have to accept that 9/10 they will come off second best. When I drive my car, I tend to have a healthy 'respect' for a bus, even if it is blatantly breaking the law - perhaps Cyclists need to be a little more mindlful of their own mortality and treat cars in the same light.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 14:57

      @cosmic, I completely agree. Cyclists should be far more aware of the road judging by some of the comments here it doesn't really matter how much they respect the rules, it clearly is the majority of motorists who have the superiority complexes. As I mentioned, I am from an area where everyday we faced with cyclists on the road from hobbyists to people just trying to get to work and I see the considerate driver and then the damn chop who screams past the cyclist as close as possible. The considerate driver slows down, sees the opportunity to overtake and does so at a safe distance - all that takes about 5 - 10 seconds and you never have to see the cyclist again...

      cosmic_99 - 2011-02-08 07:13

      Pointblank, I find it interesting that you dont have one bad word to say about cyclists? They are often not the innocent victims? How do you explain the fact that many (not all) dont think that they are obliged to stop at a red robot? How do you explain the '3-abreast' behaviour? There is nothing more infuriating that a bunch of cyclists who ride next to each other having a chat, whilst the motorists gather behind? It is behaviour like this that creates the impatience and the frustrations. As I said, I am not on either side - I think that the roads are full of fools (this includes pedestrians), but why do cyclists stand out as something special in your mind?

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-02-08 09:02

      What rights may those be, Fonzie?

  • Worldwise - 2011-02-07 01:06

    If some netball, soccer, rugby players or golfers don't have anywhere to play, are they allowed to use a public road to practice their sport? I don't see why not, as cyclists and runners have no such restrictions on them. What makes them so special? According to the road traffic act, marshalls have no jurisdiction over motorists. They may only control the participants. Only a uniformed traffic officer or policeman may control motorists.

      Looter - 2011-02-07 01:16

      also i see cyclist that ride both sides of the road expecting cars to dodge them....they are a selfish bunch! this happens allot as of late as they think they own the road...maybe?

      noitall - 2011-02-07 06:36

      Here Here. Cyclists do not belong on the road. Just Sunday I got stuck behind four of them riding abreast with a support vehicle blocking the road. How are we supposed to deal with that type of selfishness? I am sorry for the guy and his family but really when will they learn that 10 ton truck @80kph vs 0.06ton cyclist at 40kph. There is only going to be one winner

      Susannomore - 2011-02-07 06:40

      I agree. The roads are designed for powered vehicles. The cyclists also have to come to the party. A death is indeed tragic, but it also works 2 ways. 4 years ago, a sister of a friend was killed when she was forced into a head-on collision due to cyclists riding along side each other.

      Nico - 2011-02-07 08:04

      Listen, faniebex, come to Capetown, here we have dedicated lanes for cyclists. Not everywhere, but for sure enough to keep them of the roads that actually belongs to cars and trucks,etc.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 08:30

      Roads do not belong to cars and trucks only, what a load of crap. You stop being so bombastic on the roads, it takes a few seconds to patiently wait for the opportunity to overtake cyclists - damn motorists with their superiority complexes and their stupid claims that roads belong to cars only...

      graudouin - 2011-02-07 08:31

      @Nico, Listen asshole, if Jo'burg doesn't have cycling lanes, don't go blaming the cyclist. It's the municipality that should should turn your aggression to.

      jay - 2011-02-07 08:38

      to Looter, Noitall, Nico and Susannomore - the roads are built for transport and not just for cars and trucks or (powerful vehicles - now only v8's are allowed?). cycling is not only a sport but an affordable and eco friendly means of transport which is the only mode of transport some people can use. majority of cyclists try stay as far as possible from cars and often cycling very ealrier in the morning to avoid traffic. your comments only illustrate your stupidity. Do you have kids - do they cycle to school or will you never get them a bicycle?

      watalife - 2011-02-07 08:44

      @ Faniebez Cyclists think the road belongs to them. the ride abreast and will blck you whenever they can. It happens on a daily basis on the roads that i travel.International sport my ass,They all take some type of supliment and then think they can challenge a car or truck. Its only a question of time when a cyclist will try and ride abreast and then i will not slow down nor swerve and kill myself i will simply drive straight over the prick. get off the roads and play bowls.

      Souf Efrican - 2011-02-07 09:06

      Its because of idiots like these that I have given up the sport of cycling. There is no way that anyone can compete with stupid, inconsiderate and often drunk fools on the road. Not all cyclist strictly adhere to the rules and they do cycle abreast. They do it to protect their lives i.e. so that motorists can see them!! I am not saying it is right, but cyclists feel there is no other way to stay alive.

      Jods - 2011-02-07 09:38

      @Stoffel - legs, ja maybe but have you ever actually seen what your a$$ looks like in those shorts?? Nasty.....

      watalife - 2011-02-07 09:42

      @ Stoffel the only reason cyclist get noticed is when they ride like they own the road. they simply dont abide to the law that clearly states that cyclists must travel in single file.Even to suggest thay do this displays how dumb you are. Cyclist should travel on the shoulder of the road and no were else. We will read more such storys because they dont listen. i feel for his family but feel he should not play in traffic. What is a 14 year old driving in traffic anyway? Is it not reserved for 18yrs and older? they should also know the traffc laws????

      Rincewind - 2011-02-07 10:34

      @ all of the above. When you point a finger remember there are three pointing back at you. Most incidents that I have had on a bicycle are when the motorists involved are breaking the law. I see motorists break the speed LIMIT, go through red robots, overtake across a solid white line and a lot of other violations on a daily basis. Perhaps everyone should be more patient and more courteous!

      Rincewind - 2011-02-07 10:48

      @watalife - are you aware that you have just committed a criminal offence, by threatening to drive over cyclists? I bet you are also one to whinge about the crime in this country and yet you are an active contributor!

      Krush - 2011-02-07 11:44

      Unfortunately the roads in South Africa are not really designed for cyclists. They should be. They should have fair access. It shouldn't be as dangerous. I cycle on the roads within the golf estate where I live, but I'm not a serious cyclist, I just plod along, at least I'm safe. When I'm driving in a vehicle and I see a cyclist I make sure I go far around him where possible and I slow down, it's common sense. You do the same for pedestrians, it's not about who's right and who's wrong and who the roads are intended for, a bit of courtesy goes a long way. If everyone abides to the rules of the road there won't be problems. If you ride 4 abreast and one of you get knocked down...yes, it's your own fault.

      watalife - 2011-02-07 12:54

      @ Rincewind I see you are a bit slow so let me spell it out to you. When I travel in one direction and have a a few cyclists infront of me and 1 of them decide to act all stupid and irresponsible and still break the law and pulls up next to his mate and in the opposite direction i have a great big truck heading my way and i decide apply breaks and then hit the stupid A Hole for acting like a idiot is it still a crminal offence or is it a question of judgement? Had i swereved out to avoid the idiot on the bicycle and hit the truck head on killing myself will he stop and tell the officer its his fault? I dont think so because he will be up for man slaughter. Is it not a criminal offence to act dumb? if it was then you should be behind bars.

      watalife - 2011-02-07 15:24

      @ Souf Efrican before you call somebody a moron read the article correctly and the relply i made to Mr Lawyer then post you stupid comments.Shame sies tog having a bad hair day lady????

      Worldwise - 2011-02-08 01:05

      I challenge all those pro cyclists bleating about how well they behave themselves to get in a car and drive from Simonstown over Ou Kaapse Weg and then to Constantia via Spanschemaat road next Sunday at 09:00. Then repost here about your experiences with arrogant cyclists. Remeber this is a very busy and narrow stretch of road and the only easy way to the north from the South Peninsula.

  • marcanthonytaylor - 2011-02-07 02:47

    First off all, condolences. Secondly, this young cyclist could have represented SA in the 2020 olympics, and who knows? I am a cyclist, I've been knocked over twice, lemme let you in on a F*ing hurts no matter how 'lucky' you are. I agree 100% roads should be closed or that RTI should control traffic, it should be part-subsidized by government. That said, why can't organizers approach business for sponsorship to help pay costs. Most cyclists I know are responsible, some are not. We know we will come off the worst if something goes wrong. Those who are reckless and negligent will learn the hard way if they're lucky. As for motorists (and I drive too), maybe you should get on a bike one day, you might just love it, even if you don't you will get to experience what its like for us and how big a threat motorists who 'sometimes hate' are. Safety first, always.

      johnnydee - 2011-02-07 06:55

      I'm a race organizer myself and, believe me, finding sponsorships in the current economic climate is very,very difficult. The Traffic Department charges us up to R30 000 for an event that lasts approximately 4 hours!!How do they justify charging that amount of money? They seem to have the idea that race organizers have millions in the bank. One certainly cannot blame race organizers for not requesting assistance from the RTI.

      Trevor - 2011-02-07 07:16

      @johnnydee Why does it need to be sponsored? R30k is a lot of money, but taking into account the prices people pay for some bikes and kit, its a drop in the ocean. Surely a 100 people can pay R300 for their safety during the race? If 100 companies are approached to each sponsor R400, surely they wont complain too much when a small booklet is printed advertising their services and handed out at the event...

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 08:32

      @Trevor, it's finding the sponsors that is the problem... But ja I agree with the "everyone chips in" idea. Let's hope more effort is made to ensure more safety in compos like this..

      Mike - 2011-02-07 08:34

      Why should your sport be part subsidized by govwernment - mine certainly is NOT - so why yours? Chop.

      Mike - 2011-02-07 08:35

      @Johnnydee - the price of bicycles justifies the price the cops charge to police your sport - in fact, they should charge you more!!!

      Megan - 2011-02-07 10:09

      I don't cycle, but I do drive. I applaud those people who take the extra time and effort to rather use a bicycle as their main means of transport than using a car. The thing is, the rules of the road needs to be enforced amongst cyclists as well as vehicles (and to extend that argument, pedestrians as well!). Cyclists should definitely be allowed to use the roads (with the exception of free-ways - a law that appears to be increasingly ignored) however, if you use the road, you abide by the laws of the road. I have seen too many near-hits with cyclists going straight through red traffic lights, not stopping at stop streets and on narrow, singled lane roads a whole group cycling abreast. Either forcing motorist on to the otherside of the road or, causing major accidents that will of course, be blamed on the motorist. One thing that most cyclist seem to forget is that it's very easy to not see them! I am not joking, the other morning I watched a man on his bike weave in and out of traffic (using both lanes) on the M5 during morning peak traffic... No helmet, no lights, no visible clothing... While you say some are responsible, most aren't. And that's the problem.

      Krush - 2011-02-07 11:50

      @Trevor... so you phone/email/go to 1000 companies of which 100 give you sponsorship. Approaching them is time and money. Then they give you R300.00 each. You now have to get books printed. So you need their logos and what info needs to go into the books. Time and Money. By the time you've done all of this you've used up the R400.00 per company on admin costs, petrol, telephone bills and books being printed... when it comes to sponsorship it's really never that simple. Ideally you need 1 company that's gonna is R30000.00 - we don't need advertising because we just want to write this off against our tax end of year. Been there done that, people who sponsor R400.00 want R4000.00 rands worth of advertising in return. Not very easy...but yes, completely off the topic!

      SCORPIO - 2011-02-07 16:47

      If motorists are such a threat then why do some cyclists insist on driving abreast, showing no consideration to motorists who are attempting to reach their destination. Those cyclists who use a bicycle as a means of transport (THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE THE PRIVILEDGE OF OWNING A MOTOR VEHICLE) have far more respect for road rules than most of the pratts that cycle for recreation!!!!!

      Trevor - 2011-02-07 20:06

      @Krash - Get a school like Vega Moon, AAA or even Wits to sponsor the Graphic Design work. Get Xerox to sponsor a copier and Sappi to sponsor paper. There you have books at the cost of maybe 10 e-mails and 10 phonecalls. I never intended for the amount of R400 to be taken literally, but instead of just coming up with problems, Id rather try come up with solutions. Im by no stretch of the imagination saying it is the solution, Im saying it is "a" solution. Obviously if someone with some financial backing follows up on it and does a professional job of it prices will be higher. Ive run a successful design studio now for 8 years, and anyone that makes a client believe he can get R4k worth of value for R400 is either a conman or a junior. Refer back to the designers holy triangle, Fast, Good and Cheap, but you can only choose two... Where are the tracks... this has been derailed enough...

  • Mr Cyanide - 2011-02-07 04:24

    personlly they need to put frigging speed bumps up ... I live in the area I saw the damn accident and that truck was going far to damn fast.

      Mike - 2011-02-07 08:37

      The truck paid his licence to use the road - if he is going too fast as you claim - then the cops should put up trapping devices.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 14:02

      Mike you being completely and totally unreasonable, typical of a road hog.

  • Stollie - 2011-02-07 04:30

    In general people in SA need to stop driving like maniacs. Not just taxis, although they are HUGE culprits, but ALL OF YOU (us)!

      Craig - 2011-02-07 09:53

      Especially cyclists, rules of the road apply to them as well, but like taxi drivers they tend to ignore them, wearing your wifes underwear doesn't make you bullet proof.

  • AJ - 2011-02-07 05:30

    "His mother, Cynthia Ramsey, who was still devastated by the accident" - you mean the accident 2 days before where her son died? Of course she is still devastated and will be for years..the choice of words is appalling.

      Wendy - 2011-02-07 08:33


  • coolwaynie - 2011-02-07 06:46

    In first world countries there are bicylcle paths. In South Africa there are barely accessable roads in general. The money that should go to evening road surfaces goes towards holding parties for the South African Police and overseas visits for the ANC ministers. There is a main highway that runs past Howick but trucks choose to use the side roads to save money on toll a result these roads become badly worn and uneven from the heavy vehicles.

  • Warslat - 2011-02-07 06:54

    Cyclists pay nothing towards roads or the RTI. Their races should not be conducted on roads at all but rather on cycle tracks (there are some available). Cycle races cause massive traffic jams for the people who actually pay to use them. If they want to use the roads they should pay. If they want the RTI to help out, they should pay more.

      SAG - 2011-02-07 07:10

      Hey moron. Those cyclist pay to use the roads just the same as the motorist. 90% of them pay rates and taxes just like you. So they have every right to use the roads. Bicycles has been around a lot longer than the motor vehicle.

      Lucy - 2011-02-07 07:11

      Warslut - read Johnnydee above. South African drivers have an arrogant 'get out my way' attitude which is a killer. We all need to learn some tolerance

      laineback - 2011-02-07 07:36

      Where are these cycling tracks? seriously? "people that actually pay to use them" What a joke. Everyone pays for the use of the roads, most cyclists get to the race in cars (and pay the necessary licenses for that) as for road taxes etc, if you consider the damage that cyclists do to the road as compared to cars or trucks, it truly is negligable. Races are held on sundays early in the morning to avoid traffic. What I want to know, is what the hell was a construction vehicle doing out there. By law, special permission must be obtained from the DAEA for any construction work to happen on weekends or after hours. I hope this gets persued further.

      AJ - 2011-02-07 08:02

      @Warslat - owning a bicycle and owning a car are not mutually exclusive, of course they do contribute. Should we cancel the Comrades this year because those runners also 'dont contribute'? I must be missing something, as friends of mine who run on the road also own cars and pay all the associated costs etc.

      Mikemcc - 2011-02-07 08:18

      @AJ, how often do you see 4 runners running abreast and holding up traffic? It would seem to me that far less runners get killed than cyclists. I agree that everyone should be able to use the roads but this works both ways.

      AJ - 2011-02-07 08:31

      @mikemcc - I am in total agreement, runners, cyclists and motorised vehicles all need to do their bit. Roads should be closed off for sure in the event of a race. I was just responding to those who thought cyclists had no place on the road.

      Mike - 2011-02-07 08:41

      @SAG - you the moron - your justification that just becasue cycles have been around longer than cars does NOT justify you morons using the roads for free - we motorists pay a licence fee to use the roads - You a real CHOP!

      Mike - 2011-02-07 08:45

      @laineback - cyclists do NOT pay to use the raods - Also, the trucker is probably working to put food on the table of his family - the cyclist was in his way - using a raod that the trucker pays licence fees for. In all probablility DAEA permission was granted - don't jump to conclusions!

      Warslat - 2011-02-07 08:48

      Point is car owners pay through fuel taxes and license fees. These fees do not apply to bicycles. When I hop in my car I don't expect road closures and special treatment from the RTI, why the hell should bicycles get preferential treatment while inconveniencing me in my car. @SAG While they in their car they paying through fuel while they drive @Lucy You talk of tolerence while calling me a slut...while your name (Lucy or Loosey) probably describes a certain part of your anatomy @Laineback See and you will find. Apart from many stadiums where laps could be done @AJ Of course they're mutually exclusive. Just cos you own a bike doesn't mean you must own a car or vice versa All you idiots think the government must pay, well in case you're too short sighted to know...the government gets it's money from taxpayers. No taxes specifically apply to bikes. Therefore I think they should foot the bill for any additional services or privelidges they want apart from just cycling on the road. Is that really so difficult to grasp without spitting venom. Let's say I wanted to use a stretch of road for a one-legged transvestite rollerskating festival. Could I expect the same treatment, Public roads was not built for private races, so to hell with them, find a private venue or cough up.

      Warslat - 2011-02-07 09:08

      One more point. If the race hadn't been held on a public road the chances are this accident wouldn't have happened. BTW I am a cyclist too, I don't participate in these events though.

      watalife - 2011-02-07 09:48

      @ SAG hey dumb ass, we all pay rates and taxes and cyclists dont pay for the use of the road like motorists. cyclists drain the RAF and should also contribute. To drive a car,truck moto bike one must have a drivers license, How come cyclists are not forced to pass some form a test and also understand the rules of the road? they act like they own the road and thus more and more will be killed(sad but true)

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 14:03

      @watalife, would that be ALL cyclists?

      cosmic_99 - 2011-02-07 14:32

      SAG, They do not pay for the annual license fee, or do they?

      watalife - 2011-02-07 14:43

      @ pointblankza why dont you make up your own mind

      Dean Redelinghuys - 2013-07-16 14:30

      well said. makes absolute sense, if you want to use a PUBLIC road for a private race pay for it! if you cant afford it dont put competitors lives at risk. furthermore cyclists training on public roads need to be regulated or banned as there are to many who cannot apply common sense. i.e. dont train on a public road during peak traffic, dont ride in a bunch etc.

  • Gazwa - 2011-02-07 07:11

    The fact of the matter is that the truck should have slowed right down, and carefully driven past. The driver must have known that there was an event on surely? And yes there are selfish roadies who hog the road each day,I live in the Botha's Hill (KZN) area and I see it all the time, riders totally riding in a manner that endangers all road users. Unfortunately MTB riders aslo have to use the road for our sport, to get to some of the off-road routes we use and that is scary enough. If we all came to the party, cyclists and other road users and were more vigilant and aware of what was going on around us, then just maybe something as tragic as this can be averted. RIP MR and condolences to the family.

  • Nice Guy - 2011-02-07 07:17

    Another wreckless cyclist. When are these stupid cyclists going to learn to cycle properly and carefully. The world does not revolve around them!!!!

      Donald.P.Muller - 2011-02-07 07:47

      You are NOT a Nice Guy, you are actually an ARSE HOLE!!!

      whitepig - 2011-02-07 08:02

      I agree with you - fully, they must stop being stupid, they must go cycle in the bushes!!

      Kent - 2011-02-07 08:04

      you are a donkey - how wreckless can a 14 y old be? "Cycle properly and carefully..." use yor brain (if any) before posting a comment.

      eBas - 2011-02-07 08:05

      Nice Guy, I can assure you that cars are way more wreckless than cyclists, and motorbikes top the list.

      Nice Guy - 2011-02-07 08:30

      I see plenty of cyclists riding three a side. Only when you come right up the backside and hoot do they bother to move. If they were in Europe they would be pulled over and locked up

      Mike - 2011-02-07 08:48

      @DonaldP.Muller - don't judge other on your pathetic low standards! CHOP!

      Souf Efrican - 2011-02-07 09:36

      Here's hoping Mike and Not so Nice guy sees the error of their ways. You are a pathetic excuses for South Africans. You will probably meet some great misfortune in some road rage incident because that is how you are wired... Shame on you!

      Megan - 2011-02-07 10:13

      That is a bit harsh, since the accident happened during an organised race.

      Mike - 2011-02-07 13:44

      @Soufafrican - another person judging other on his/her (wahtever you are - maybe an it) standards. You probably also read your bible - not too often though!

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 14:04

      Shutup Troll Mike..

      Shanzie - 2011-02-07 21:40

      i do not appreciate the way you are talking about my friend who died yesterday!!! to be in high school and have one of your friends pass away is tragic. try have a bit of a heart if it is possible and be sympatheic! i will miss my friend dearly and i do not think that he wasnt being careful. he saw the truck and tried to avoid it you idiot but his back wheel slipped. thats no ones fault wxcept the people who make poor roads!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Chantelle Donne Palm - 2011-02-07 21:54

      nice guy with no brains - this was an organised race tosser!!! its like not closing the roads during the comrades... flip... you need help

      Nice Guy - 2011-02-08 09:46

      @Chanel. Just checked your profile out - judging from your posts there you should spend more time trying to keep your boyfriends that keep dumping you than having time to defend the wreckless cyclist commmunity

  • Keith - 2011-02-07 07:32

    I am a cyclist and know the family of the little boy that was killed very well and to say that his mother is devistated is an understatement. His mother and step father train most morning with the same group that I train with. In terms of the law - cyclist are entited to be on the road - Period - but saying that, like all forms of transport there are the bad apples among us cyclist - that as motorist say ride 3 & 4 abreast. We as cyclist have to educate our fellow rides and believe me, you ride like that in our group you will be repremanded. We train on the road in the mornings at 4.15 AM as there is less traffic on the road (we try to be considerate) and yes we have a car behind us at all times. It has become necessary due to the dangers of being hit by a car. I love the sport and until last year used to do all the road races. Now I only do the races with full road closer and in KZN that is 2 races a year. I would go race on a "golf course" as another person commented if I could be the fact remains that we race over 100kms and there is only one place for this to be done - public roads. To the people that have posted negitave comments - imagine your son got hooked on cycling and was out doing a cycle race or training for that matter and didnt come home ??? How would you feel ??? Cycling is a wonderfull heathy sport that all ages can do but unfortuntely ROAD cycling is dying in KZN as a result of the dangers.

      Johnny - 2011-02-07 09:29

      I was hit, and yes it HURTS!!! A LOT. Today I have to live with extreme back pain, I battle to pick up my kids, because some young driver didnt pay attention and put his Toyota badge, right on my arse ! As to the cyclists that are two (or more) abreast. That is silly. But respect it what it comes down to. I have to drive with my car to a race, with my license fees paid-up. So yes, I do have the 'right' to use the road, with my bicycle. As to hiring a race-track. Hmm, what is the cost involved in that? It will be super expensive. I am amazed and saddened at the negative comments this article is genrating...

  • bikebeater - 2011-02-07 07:34

    MY Most sincere condolenes with the family of the young boy. I don't have any children of my own & I can't imagine what pain it must be like to lose a young child. I'm very, very sorry. Just a few weeks ago a cyclist was killed, now another one. Cyclists need to race on a safe place, not on public roads. What about hiring a racetrack for a day & ride there, it is out of the motorist’s way & it is safe for you to ride on. CYCLISTS PLEASE, "THINK CAR, THINK TRUCK, THINK BUS, THINK TAXI". You and your families are the ones that are coming of worst.

      sipho - 2011-02-07 13:24

      OK, Will give up cycling to work and buy a truck. Will add to road congestion and hopefully take out a few evil car and 4x4 drivers at the same time.

      watalife - 2011-02-07 13:42

      @ sipho, point is you never go to a gun fight with an knop-kirrie

      Mike - 2011-02-07 13:45

      @sipho - you forgot that you will also take out stupid cyclists as well in your silly truck. Go get a life

  • Skeletor1 - 2011-02-07 07:40

    I am a cyclist myself and stays in Pta. Although I also believe that some motorist is careless I think we (cyclist and organisers) should take the blame aswell. We did a race about 2 weeks ago in Ottosdal. The road was so quite that you could drive safely. Also in Bela Bela the road is safer. My thought is to move these races to small towns and assist these communities with a money injection and at the same time have a safe driving experience. I am not sure what the statistics is for these race but not sure of any deaths due to car/trucks colliding with a cyclist.

  • Robbie - 2011-02-07 07:57

    Our roads are just to dangerous for this sport to continue, when will cyclists and organizers realize this? Motorsport has a long time ago...

  • StevenEss - 2011-02-07 08:02

    First And Foremost: Sincere Condolences to the families involved in the mentioned events. As a Part Time Cyclist, and Part Time Motorist, (aren't we all?) may I add that selfish cycling has only created rifts between cyclists and motorists, and no-one has really gained ground by cyclists saying they are entitled to ride abreast of each other, and that cars must just wait until safe overtaking is possible. What utter arrogance! I have cycled actively and competitively, and only cycle abreast when it is safe to do so. Bicycle vs car? Only a total nutter will contemplate the argument, or, it seems, arrogant cyslists in SA. Whatever happened to the golden rule: ride in single file? Further, at all times motorists should be totally aware of what is around them, but even our mighty K53 licence requirements do not address this issue of total awareness. Policing of motorists and cyclists can no doubt lead to improved safety, but the real step towards better, safer, more comfortable co-existence on our roads must start with the attitude of all people using the roads. Selfishness and arrogance simply cannot exist alongside safety and respect for others! Your car or truck is not a God-given right for aggresive arrogance! A new approach? Sadly, no. This is just common sense, common courtesy, common respect for fellow human beings. By everyone. Everyone!

      Mike - 2011-02-07 08:52

      Well said!

  • Rattail - 2011-02-07 08:08

    as keith stated: "To the people that have posted negitave comments - imagine your son got hooked on cycling and was out doing a cycle race or training for that matter and didnt come home ??? How would you feel ??? Cycling is a wonderfull heathy sport that all ages can do but unfortuntely ROAD cycling is dying in KZN as a result of the dangers". Cyclists are road users too. So to all the haters of cyclists, those who are intolerant, and those who get impatient - What if it had been YOUR child?

      watalife - 2011-02-07 09:56

      how can a parent allow his child to cycle on roads without any knowledge about the rule of the road? they dont know the rules let alone the laws. they see the older crowd ridding 3-10 abreast and do the same(monkey see monkey do)if you do allow your kids to cycle on these roads then you should be locked away for child abuse.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 15:34

      And watalife, you should be locked away from being you. Jees, who let this chop near a computer??

      frankm - 2011-06-20 18:28

      watalife, you should not be allowed to breathe, nowhere in the article does it state that he was riding two or three abreast! You arrogant piece of krap, how would you feel if that was your son.

  • Greg - 2011-02-07 08:14

    This is the very reason I will not get on a road bike. I'll stick to my MTB and dirt paths where cars / trucks / taxis, etc..... are not a danger.

      hantiejansenvanvuuren - 2011-02-07 09:33

      Hear hear. It's more fun anyway.

      Norman dP - 2011-02-07 12:03

      Better be careful, some drivers like taking "shortcuts". You might run into one of them someday on one of there dirt paths...

  • StevenEss - 2011-02-07 08:21

    First And Foremost: Sincere Condolences to the families involved in the mentioned events. As a Part Time Cyclist, and Part Time Motorist, (aren't we all?) may I add that selfish cycling has only created rifts between cyclists and motorists, and no-one has really gained ground by cyclists saying they are entitled to ride abreast of each other, and that cars must just wait until safe overtaking is possible. What utter arrogance! I have cycled actively and competitively, and only cycle abreast when it is safe to do so. Bicycle vs car? Only a total nutter will contemplate the argument, or, it seems, arrogant cyslists in SA. Whatever happened to the golden rule: ride in single file? Further, at all times motorists should be totally aware of what is around them, but even our mighty K53 licence requirements do not address this issue of total awareness. Policing of motorists and cyclists can no doubt lead to improved safety, but the real step towards better, safer, more comfortable co-existence on our roads must start with the attitude of all people using the roads. Selfishness and arrogance simply cannot exist alongside safety and respect for others! Your car or truck is not a God-given right for aggresive arrogance! A new approach? Sadly, no. This is just common sense, common courtesy, common respect for fellow human beings. By everyone. Everyone!

  • jbenepe1 - 2011-02-07 08:22

    Your title 'Cyclist Makes Fatal Mistake" is grossly unfair. The cyclist made no mistake, the driver behind him did. If he could not stop in time then he was driving too close, and it is his mistake. He should be punished by law. The rule is, the driver behind must exercise more caution. In addition what was he doing driving so close when there is an innocent 14 year old and a bike race in progress? His license should be REVOKED. But most importantly, the language of the reporter attributes blame to the cyclist, when it belongs to the driver. Without proper responsibility, no progress will be made. Jen B

      durbsviking - 2011-02-07 09:18

      Jen - at the risk of starting to comment on an article that I find completely distasteful, it appears that there was an error on the part of the boy who crashed in front of the truck. Lets just leave it there - the boys mother was cycling with him, she witnessed the death. It drives me to tears just to think of the sheer horrow that she is going through. Please just leave this now.

      Mike - 2011-02-07 10:08

      Ag - go take a valium! Driver pays licence fees - cyclists don't!

  • Wendy - 2011-02-07 08:35

    I thought the road tax was included in the petrol price. If so keep cyclist off the roads

      Hennie Trollip - 2011-02-07 08:59

      Sorry but our tax money from our salaries pays for the roads...

      hantiejansenvanvuuren - 2011-02-07 09:34

      No, the tax money doesn't pay for the roads. That's why we now have to start paying toll fees.

      watalife - 2011-02-07 13:48

      @ Wendy i totally agree. What is a kid of 14 doing on a road in the first place? he does not know they rule of the road nor the laws's. parents who allow this sort of thing should be arrested for child abuse. Nobody under 18 years of age should be allowed on a public road without a lisence.Next thing we will read that they found kids on tri-cycles on freeways at the age of 3 if we carry on allowing such krap.

      SX137 - 2011-02-07 19:53

      @ Wendy. I find your comment completely heartless In many parts of the world cycling is revered and people who cycle are repected, but not it 'bad attitude' SA where nobody gives a toss and life is so very cheap. In this instance it is very likely that the truck driver through aggressive driving frightened the young boy to the point that he panicked and then in his fear, lost his balance. By the way, it was a cycle race. He was partcipating in an organised event. My thoughts are with the family. I wish them all the strength in dealing with their grief and pray that they can piece their shattered lives togethor again.

      Siphozoozoo - 2011-02-08 06:01

      The road tax is mainly there to line some corrupt ANC government official's pockets. We are now going to get tolled by the current corrupt ANC government to drive on roads that had been built by the previous government between the 60's & 80's with taxpayers money.

  • jay - 2011-02-07 08:51

    South Africa has one of the highest if not the highest road accident rate in the world. I doubt you would aatribute this to cyclists as some people are suggesting. the roads are there for all to use (legally) Where as a lot of the accidents that kill cyclist might have only been a fender bender the fact remains people in SA drive like idiots, the roads are very badly maintained. To the people who suggested the following: Race on a track - you mean the 3km long road ... very intelligent. please explain how you would get 3000 bicycles on there are the same time? The cyclist should pay the R30k? firstly there would be no road closure anyways and secondsly would you pay R300 everytime you went to play a game of tennis, squash, surf or a job? I think not! and not everyone can afford expensive bicycles. By the sound of some of the comments i can clearly see those among you who take great joy in getting as close to cyclist as possible hoping to give them a nudge because you were in sych a rush at 6h30 on a sunday morning. i hope all your children start using bicycles to go to school...

      watalife - 2011-02-07 14:06

      Jay, How can you as a parent be so irresponsible to allow your kids (sounds like you have) on public roads without any form of lisence or knowledge of the law and the rule of the road. Its reallt something that must be enforced and sson as well. Bicycles should all have some form of registarion plate so they can be fines like the rest.

      boomboomdoom - 2011-02-08 06:16

      @jay. Getting even 4000 cyclists on a 3km long track is easy (Kyalami is 4.2km long). A racetrack is at least on average 6m wide, that is 3000mx6m=18000m2, a cyclist occupies roughly 0.6m2 x4000cyclists =2400m2 that is an occupancy of on 13.3%. This equation demonstrates that a racetrack can accommodate a lot more cyclists and proves to be an answer. Thanks for the question jay.

  • durbsviking - 2011-02-07 08:52

    Please, Please, Please - NEWS24- DO NOT OPEN COMMENTS on articles like these. Someone died here. As a parent of a 14 year old myself there can be no greater horror. To invite comments here is to invite every insensitive moron with a computer to add their inane and thoughtless comments to what is a personal nightmare. To all those who have seen fit to add insensitive comments .. SHAME ON YOU. SHAME. May karma deal with you in a far better way than this poor child and his family. Enough now. If you have nothing decent to say then just shut the f#ck up.

      Lindiwe - 2011-02-07 09:58

      Hear hear! That poor boy probably lost his nerve having that truck following him and how it can be reported that he made a "mistake" is just so insensitive - it was a terrible, terrible accident! Condolences to his family, friends, his school ...

  • Reality - 2011-02-07 08:59

    I am lost for words over the callous insensitivity displayed by some people!! Maybe this plays a part in the present state of our nation. Among ALL sectors of the population!!!

  • warren.kreunen - 2011-02-07 09:02

    Im a cyclist, When we cycle its in single file, we leave more than enough room for cars to safely pass, the road i cycle on a saturday and sunday probably has at least 2 or 3 cyclist for every car truck or motorbike that passes me. and on general most are accomadating, but its not the average motorist thats the problem, but there always is one or two that have no regard for anyone on the road car or bike. It really isnt brain surgery to drive safely, there is going to be cyclist on the road, and 99% of those cyclist also have cars and pay to use the road, cycling is one of the most popular sports in SA according to participation. It all road users wheater in a car, truck motorbike or bicycle to use the roads safely, its not one against the other. There is more than enough space on the road. for all of us. We must also as cyclist remember a car and specially a truck has a much longer breaking distance than a bicylce, we all need to start thinking. We all family and friends of each other at braais and parties and in general, but when we on the road we treat each other with no regard, we forget these people are sons, fathers, mothers, daughters and friends of ours!! excuse any spelling errors.

  • Stoffel - 2011-02-07 09:04

    @Mike, Sitting on your coach, drinking beer and getting fatter while your girfriend daydreams about our legs is not a sport

      watalife - 2011-02-07 10:14

      Shame stoffel to cycle away from your troubles at home dont help either. maybe you should put on some kilos and spend more time with your wife then she would not be sitting on us drinking some nice strong white fluid.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 14:06

      So watalife, you saying you are fat and your girlfriend dreams of cyclists... got it.

      watalife - 2011-02-07 14:54

      @pointblanksa I wish i was young but i certainly dont wish i had a girlfriend i have a lovely wife who think;s cyclists are all a bunch of girls to wear there moms panties.I wonder why cyclists(male) always have a smile on the old face? Must be that seat that has fallen off and the oke got stuck on the pipe.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 15:37

      @watalife, bit of a crass mind there old chap.. have a fascination with anal sex do you? :)

  • Fikile - 2011-02-07 09:15

    my condolences to the family this is terrible news, reader's please show some compassion for the family. The blame must rest squarely on the weekend warrior mentality. Practice where is is safe and don't go speeding down hills, that's just foolish and dangerous. How many more must suffer before the cyclist listen..... BIKE?...... THINK?

  • sabrina.bundock - 2011-02-07 09:16

    Cyclists should face oncoming traffic like pedestrians. They would be far more aware of the vehicles near them and not block traffic as they often do. Bicycles used to have reflectors and mirrors (even licences)when they were give "vehicle" status & allowed to ride on the left.

      Schmalcolm - 2011-02-07 13:25

      If I'm going 60km/h on my bicycle, I prefer to be riding with the traffic thank you. And most numbskull motorists against cyclists think they should follow the road rules by the T anyway. So this also would be counter-productive. In places like the UK and Australia, it's LAW to give way to any pedestrian or cyclist, no matter what circumstances. So if you hit jaywalker, the motorist is still liable. This may not sound fair, but it creates a sense of awareness and responsibility that South Africa's anarchist motorists don't possess. A case in point is when most motorists here don't even have the courtesy to stop at pedestrian crossings. So who really needs to change their habits?

      Fikile - 2011-02-07 13:55

      @Schmalcolm, I agree, at 60km slip and fall under a truck does the the law still protect? BIKE?....... THINK?????

      Mikemcc - 2011-02-07 14:38

      @Schmalcolm, so what happens when a drunk pedestrian or cyclist for that matter ends up on a highway at night? In the countries you mentioned giving way to pedestrians is law but they do not have that right if they break the law themselves e.g. jaywalking. Do you honestly think that a motorist will be held accountable if someone literally steps into the path of the vehicle?

  • RoRo_Jo - 2011-02-07 09:31

    I think its time people should look at what is happening to this country and to each other just by reading through the comments on a site like this. It seems tragic that the comments are all this is right this wrong, why not use this place to put forth ideas and solutions? I look at it from the point of view as to who needs the roads. Roads are used by more than just cars and trucks, cycling to a job requires a road and he has the equal right to be there. Walking requires a road and he has rights to be there. As far as I see it, when someone gets a licence to drive a car, it should say, this person accepts responsibility to drive this car on a road where people are walking and wont endager them (obviosly its not this simple). With hiways an exception, roads are foremost used by people walking and then cyclists, cars come last. Why? Because cars can not be afforded by everyone, but everyone walks from time to time. That being said, people should be fined for walking badly accross roads and the like. Just this weekend I was at a road race and i'm embarrassed to say that road cyclists are arrogant fools. They assume because they are racing that the road is theirs, pushing through cars acting like they're the blue light brigade.

      Mike - 2011-02-07 10:17

      Vehicles pay licence fees to use the roads - walk on the pavements. If you cycle to work then ride facing on-coming traffic so you can get the f@ck out the way when a vehicle comes along! Cycle on a race track or in the veld - Keep the cycling morons who think they own the road off our roads. Period!

      Rincewind - 2011-02-07 10:46

      @Mike it appears you are the CHOP. Vehicles don't just pay licence fees to use the roads. The licence fee is also for policing of vehicles. Why do vehicles need policing? Because as many people are killed by motorists each year in this country as there are murders. Nobody ever got killed by a cyclist knocking them down. Again I call upon all people to be more courteous on our roads - including you Mike

      watalife - 2011-02-07 13:04

      @ Rincewind Why should cyclists get treated any better? They should respect the law of the road then there would be far less aggression towards them and will be treated with some form of respect. youa re so right to mention that nobody has ever been killed by a cyclist, but how many cyclists have caused deaths on our roads when the act like idiots?

      Mike - 2011-02-07 13:49

      @Hennie - FYI - the guv-munt of SA is only rersponsilbe for the 'N' roads - that is where some of your income tax money goes. (Apart from into the back pocket of most minista's of course). Province is responsible for the Route roads and municipalities for their own suburban roads. Get the picture?

      Mike - 2011-02-07 13:54

      @Rincewind - sure you are not all wind? So, clever jack - you concede that part of the licince fees paid by vehicles is for the construction upkeep and policing of the roads - tell me smart-ass - how much do cyclists pay for using the roads?? Get the picture or are you one of those "none so blind as those that cannot see?" brigade?

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 14:10

      Mike the Chop, .... er, are you just thick, retarded or being purposefully trollish?

      Stoffel - 2011-02-07 14:48

      Mike is a fat, jealous bastard, angry at himself for looking and feeling like he feels. Now he takes it out on healthy people who exercise.It is not about the cyclists, but about his own feeling of self-disgust. Nobody can be so hateful of someone for just cycling on a road.

  • Anton - 2011-02-07 10:35

    @ The Truth. You are such a pathetic idiot. Although you would deny it, I can gaurantee that you are also a racist, misoginist, sexist and have a menial job. The good news is that you smoke 30 cigs a day so you will die prematurely.

  • matlock - 2011-02-07 10:35

    In the words of Rodney King and then Jack Nicholson - "Why can't we all just get along?"

      andrewbreeves - 2011-02-09 13:25

      Tell that to the parents of the dead child moron.

  • Afrobella - 2011-02-07 10:59

    OMG! Some of you people are insensitive! Someone's child passed away. Show some respect. If we all showed some concern and a little ptience for our fellow human being perhaps some of these accidents could be avoided. My condolences to his family.

      Afrobella - 2011-02-07 10:59


  • Weezychest - 2011-02-07 11:01

    C'mon people. A young man has just died - RIP Dude. I live in Fishoek and how many times have cyclists fallen off there bikes while im riding behind them- alot, yet you choose too ride on the busiest main roads you can find so therefore put yourself at harm. Dont blame the motorist's as we're all sharing a single lane road and my car is alot bigger than you.

  • Lesley - 2011-02-07 11:13

    i'm so sad for the family. all comfort and strength during this time xx

  • Schmalcolm - 2011-02-07 13:07

    Why is it that ONLY anti-cyclists endure the experience of cyclists hogging the middle of roads? Very strange. Not once in my 25 years of driving have I seen cyclists being unreasonably selfish on the road. But true, they need to claim a certain amount of space to remain safe. Which is a case in point for this poor kid, in all likelihood he was wedged to the side of the road with no space to move, hence the tragic outcome.

  • Kenko - 2011-02-07 13:13

    Most negative comments come from car drivers encountering cyclists when they EXERCISE, not during races. This boy did nothing wrong, the organizers are the guilty ones. While you are racing, that is what you are concentrating on, not vehicles. I also agree that cyclists are hogging the road when exercising, and they should reconsider. Cyclists are the vulnerable ones in this whole issue.

  • Chantelle Donne Palm - 2011-02-07 13:13

    you guys are going on about how cyclists take over the road and expect the cars to dodge them blah blah blah... you're forgetting this boy was taking part in a race... not practising in the traffic. so while you all may hate cyclists on the road... we shouldnt forget that he wasnt actually travelling on the wrong side of the road or illegally cycling anywhere. he was in a race.

  • sipho - 2011-02-07 13:19

    This truck driver must be jailed for murder. There is no excuse - he saw the cyclist and he should have slowed down immediately as well as giving enough space for any unforeseen circumstance.

      Mike - 2011-02-07 14:02

      Are you for real? How about the cyclist should of got out of the way of the truck since the cyclist was tresspassing on the licence paying vehicles territory? Look at things from both sides in life - not just your perverted own side.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-07 14:11

      Precisely sipho...

      barry.mcbride - 2011-02-07 15:44

      What an idiotic remark!

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-02-07 19:18

      Silly comment! Doesn't even deserve a reply!

  • SCORPIO - 2011-02-07 16:57

    Why do roads have to be closed for motorists when there's a cycle race on ....... your choice of sport - deal with it! As a motorist I do not believe I should have to take an alternate route to my destination or arrive late due to traffic congestion because you chose to "ride your bicycle". Proven over & over again ... most recreational cyclists are obnoxious arseholes!!!

  • Grynch - 2011-02-07 17:02

    This is a very sad incident and any normal person should sympathise with the human side of the story. However any cyclist who has read all these comments must be shocked that there is such a high degree of antagonism towards cyclists - Every second comment is negative.Why? For my own part I must say that there are two reasons why I would rather they are not allowed on our roads:- 1) There are not sufficient designated cycling tracks in South Africa. This isn't Europe. 2) It is very difficult for a motor vehicle to see and judge the speed and distance of a cyclist. 3) With the standard of the driving we get on our public roads it is scary enough being a motorist let alone a cyclist. Sorry to upset more of the satin lurex brigade but this is how I feel. No cycling on public roads for their own safety.

  • suspiciousme - 2011-02-07 17:37

    Mike sounds by far the meanest. I think he either never learnt how to ride a bicycle or he is unable to hoist his lardy ass onto a bicycle - Good Grief! Talk about intolerant!! A kid was killed. On the same day another kid drowned and yet another was shot dead by his friend and another was murdered by his father. Let's all HATE swimming pools, ban guns (oops, done that already), stop all men from fathering children and make Mike President. Then he can burn all cyclists at the stake and feel better for it!! Chill Dude - go have a smoke or something

      Podgette - 2011-02-08 09:21

      You may find Mike is a little mouse of a man laughing his arse off at how he has succeeded in seriously antagonising everyone - he may not even mean any of what he sprouts - just having a little entertainment.

  • xcharliiieeexwilsonnnnnx - 2011-02-07 17:50

    i live in britain and used to go to the same school as him when he lived in warwickshire. he was a great friend and everyone is shocked at the news. condolences to the family who my family were close to.

  • Perfume - 2011-02-07 18:47

    Condolences to the young lad's family and friends :-/

  • Trevor - 2011-02-07 20:11

    I feel sorry for the spandex tiffies, you guys are going to keep on dieing on our public roads,you can whine as much as you want, you are going to die, that is the cold hard truth of living in Africa. No matter how you try to explain or vent, you will die trying...moral is, for your own safety, get off the roads, get onto mountain bikes and get into nature...your biggest enemy will be rocks and ant hills....

  • Colin - 2011-02-07 20:53

    I Have great sympathy for the child that died and also for his family! Having said that as a motorist I wish to contend roads are made for motor vehicles.Daily we have to contend with cattle pedestrians and cyclists on freeways regional and backroads as a motorist I find this unnaceptable swimmers go to pools golfers to golf courses Why not cyclists dedicated cycle tracks?

      Kirsten - 2011-02-07 22:10

      are you willing to fund the track, im sure it would be appreciated. as our goverment wont do it?!?!!?

      Podgette - 2011-02-08 09:27

      Kirsten, the govt doesn't fund all of the other facilities either, ie golf courses. I think comments that cyclists must find alternative venues is for their own safety because many motorists don't have respect for their fellow motorists, why would they feel any different towards vulnerable cyclists. I do wonder how many cyclists, when travelling in their cars, get frustrated with a cyclist on the road because unfortunately there are many cyclists who are inconsiderate and arrogant and when there is an accident most times the motorist gets blamed before the facts are out.

      Kirsten - 2011-02-08 14:53

      The roads are not only there for car, it is there for all forms of transport, and that includes bikes and pedestrians. I do feel everyone has a responsibility though. unfortunatly in the case of this little boy, yes he was riding in the road but he was participating in a race, why couldnt the driver listen to the marshals??

  • Kirsten - 2011-02-07 21:59

    Firstly my heart breaks for the family. Cynthia you are in our prayers! I am so disgusted by the comments posted here. A child died, someones baby, someones brother, and many peoples frind! nothing can change that but I hope we can learn from it and not let Michael die in vain. He was riding in a race not playing on the side of the road. he was doing something he loved! It was a real tragedy and a horrific thing. I was at the race and saw what people should never have to see. if the truck driver had practised safe driving this never would have happened. He was speeding in a residential area! They were marshals, there were sign boards and even if there were traffic police I'm sure this would have made no difference to the reckless driver. Michael was on the side of the road, what was the driver doing so close to him??? as to some of your comments: all rider who participate in events like this have to be licenced!!! Legaly riders can ride 2 abreast on the road. Also please note that it was a residential area this happened in, you cant have full road closure! and there is no where else avalible to have a race like this. why cant we participate in a sport we love just cos of idiots on the road!!! This little boy died yesterday! his life has been taken away because of some arrogant driver thinking he ruled the road. I watched the driver smoke a cigarette and laugh with his friends after killing a little boy! How can life have such little meaning to some people?

      Podgette - 2011-02-08 09:31

      I am sorry you experienced this, it can't be easy to deal with. Do you really think the driver didn't give a damn? He may have been in shock hence his inappropriate behaviour. (Not an inflamatory question, just wondering)

      Kirsten - 2011-02-08 14:49

      nope he really didnt care from what I saw. He just didnt give a damn.

      andrewbreeves - 2011-02-09 13:23

      That driver is most likely just an moron with a standard 3 education. The cops will most probably do nothing to him, life has no meaning to animals like that.

      Kirsten - 2011-02-09 14:28

      No the cops sounded like they were going to arrest him!! i hope they do!!!

  • Maartin - 2011-02-07 22:00

    Nice to see SA pulling together with all these comments and expert knowledge! Mant not knowing the guys in Kzn actually cycles between 4am to 6am just to avoid all the motorists. Unfortunately you have to race in daylight. And YES,you have to be licensed to partake in races. Question, when last have any of you lost a kid who trained extremely hard while living his dream? God be with the family during this time.

  • Maartin - 2011-02-07 22:17

    Nice to see SA pulling together with all these comments and expert knowledge! Mant not knowing the guys in Kzn actually cycles between 4am to 6am just to avoid all the motorists. Unfortunately you have to race in daylight. And YES,you have to be licensed to partake in races. Question, when last have any of you lost a kid who trained extremely hard while living his dream? God be with the family during this time.

  • Marius - 2011-02-08 07:32

    Dear Public. Please be very safety concious. When a cyclist and any vehicle collide the cyclist will come of worst! Nearly all cyclist are motorist but not all cyclist are motorist. Be on the look out, be safe. lets all try and be safe. I am a cyclist and both cyclist and motorists are to blame for unsafe behaviour. Lets look out for each other, lets be safe. Just note that competitive cyclist pay licence fees!! It costs me R500 for 2011 - Cycling SA, Racing license and Central Gauteng Cycling. This is more than my car licence. Dont blame, rather pratice safety and we all win. Please!!

  • Andrew - 2011-02-08 07:45

    Try walking along the main road from St James to Kalk bay any morning of the week. The road is under construction so it's narrow and one way (south). Every day a huge number of cyclists (more than 10 while I am walking) come riding down the road the wrong way (north) - against traffic who have no chance of getting out of the way. When the cyclists encounter cars they quickly hop onto the pavement. There is only a pavement on the one side (the other side is under construction) so they all but plough into the pedestrians in their attempts to avoid the oncoming cars. when challenged about this illegal behaviour, every single one so far has attacked me personally - shouting and swearing and attacking my character. Sorry for all the law abiding cyclists out there (there must ne a few), but the illegal behaviour of these dingbats on the main road has convinced me that most cyclists have scant respect for the laws of the road. I hate the period from 1 january to the argus - the roads fill up with fat sweaty lycra clad fools endangering their own lives and mine as they career down the pavement no doubt expecting me to leap out of their way in front of the oncoming cars they are avoiding.