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Joburg roads closed before cycle race

2012-11-17 22:05

Johannesburg - Traffic will be interrupted in Johannesburg to allow for the 94.7 Cycling Challenge, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department said on Saturday.

"Motorists are required to look for cyclists who will be participating in the race... and officers will be on duty to direct the traffic," said JMPD chief superintendent Wayne Minnar.

The race will take place on Sunday.

The M1 highway would be blocked off at Buccleuch interchange as early as 03:00 ahead of the race which begins at 05:30. Minnaar said the race would begin on Woodmead Drive.

The cyclists would join the M1 South, pass through parts of the CBD and the race would end at Waterfall Country Estate next to Kyalami, he said.

Parking had been arranged at Polo fields, K60 parking area and Megawatt Park.
The race ends at 16:00.

Comments
  • debduplessis - 2012-11-17 22:09

    Go CHOC-Cows!!!

      gordon.trevat - 2012-11-18 00:08

      It's a public road funded by car license disc fee's. If you want to block the roads, best you start contributing to maintenance!!!!!!

      gordon.trevat - 2012-11-18 00:11

      Let's see if my comment is removed third time in a row. When these damn cyclists start paying taxes to use these roads, then they can legally start request sections to be blocked off. Until then, they are perpetuating an illegal action, and getting away with it due to political goodwill aka charity.

      christo.stone - 2012-11-18 07:12

      Get off your pedestal, Gordon. I'm a cyclist and a motorist. I pay the damn taxes and cyclists pay licence fees as well. It's once a year on a bloody Sunday...get over yourself.

      jacky.owens.73 - 2012-11-18 07:20

      An what dOes gordon do for fun? Selfish PR..

  • karel.caslavsky - 2012-11-17 23:01

    Agreed

  • Rick.Gonzo.56 - 2012-11-17 23:44

    Druggies

      Trish.Adi.Brits - 2012-11-18 03:00

      Druggies based on? the whole lance deal? Bit harsh there, in that same tone of argument you could say every cricket player match fixes because of what Hansie did. Or every girl likes pink (which we don't) How about a proper comment on the sport/article instead of one word accusations thrown at thousands of people you've never met

      rooi.bul.3 - 2012-11-18 07:57

      Trish, I think you are missing Rick's point. I personally am done taking any interest in cycling. The sport seems to be won only by means of blood boosting drugs, so what is the point. They are a nuisance on the roads and even more so because they think the road belongs to them, even when training. They are forever training side by side and not in tandem and thereby causing motorists a lot of agony. So I have very little sympathy left in me for a bunch of druggies with an attitude. I am sure there are a few of them not drugging, but I have now lost complete interest in the sport.

      Trish.Adi.Brits - 2012-11-18 11:07

      @Rooi.Bul Hmmm no I didn't miss his point. He called cyclists druggies. If there is anything else to it maybe more than 1 word or a massive generalisation would have been better. My point was calling EVERY cyclist a druggie is the same as calling every football fan a hooligan. Just because 1 or a group does it why should every other person be called such things. There are good clean cyclists out there who don't drug-up to win, who do it for the fun and for raising funds for good causes. Shouldn't they get a chance to do so as well?

      Rick.Gonzo.56 - 2012-11-18 14:35

      Trish - it's funny

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-18 05:10

    The route should be redesigned and taken North of the city, To get from West to East is a nightmare, try to get to Morningside Clinic or Sandton Clinic is hectic on race day. Yah I know its one a year

      steve.dupreez - 2012-11-18 07:35

      Now try living in Sunninghill over the weekend of 10/11 when we were locked in our suburb because of the heavy traffic. Some of the cyclists are as arrogant behind the steering wheel as they are on their bikes. NOTE - I AM NOT SAY "ALL OF THEM"!! Today again - I can't move out of my suburb or go shopping in Woodmead because of this race. Same as last year and the year before!

      gray.braatvedt - 2012-11-18 08:25

      Steve, I hear your anguish and frustration, but don't you think that you would have learnt by now to alter your routine for JUST ONE DAY in the year?

  • fatalmovesteam.fatalmovesteam - 2012-11-18 06:55

    Always respect cyclists and other road users. They have a right to be on the road, as much as you have. Learn more about road safety and staying alive on our sometimes treacherous roads....wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • jerry.lamola - 2012-11-18 08:06

    Not all of us are cyclist. Those roads that are closed are currently in huge debts and cars (motorist) have to pay it but now they are closed for bicycles. Are they cycling for free?

      Trish.Adi.Brits - 2012-11-18 10:59

      You do realise that not all of us are cyclists but pretty much all cyclists are also motorists that pay taxes and fees just as much as anybody else to be able to use roads?

  • tiaan.vanderberg.75 - 2012-11-18 08:30

    Have a bloody life! It is a fun race once a year. Im quite sure 99.9 % dont use drugs. Steve my man if you havent learned after many years to buy your groceries on the day before race day, you should suffer. I bet most of the typical cyclists do indeed pay taxes, , unlike the marchers blocking the streets on a week day. If they have a constitutional right to state their grievances, see this as our statement to support a good cause, rejoice life and be healthy and happy. I have done the race on numerous occassions. Along the road there are many residents having a braai and having fun. Stop bitching and have a beer. if you cant get to the shop, I still have some of the baked beans I was advised to buy in 1994!

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