The Pedal Power Association has emphasized the safety of cyclists this Winter. While the organization has asked motorists to be extra mindful of pedalers, it’s also called on bike riders to ensure they wear the necessary reflective clothing and obey road rules. The association’s CEO Neil Robinson explains:
“It’s very cold, wet and dark out there. Please, all of you road users, respect one another. Cyclists, please obey the rules of the road and wear bright coloured clothing when you’re riding to work and back. Motorists, please give cyclists at least one meter when you pass them and please respect one another when you are commuting back and forth every day,” says Robinson.
Peak hour traffic means more potential for danger and conflict amongst motorists and cyclists. Both can be avoided if cyclists and motorists commit to sharing the road and being respectful of one another.
“Cyclists need space on either side of them to take evasive action without veering into the path of approaching motor vehicles. In windy or wet conditions, motorists should give a cyclist even more space when passing. Potholes and loose debris pose a greater threat to cyclists on skinny wheels compared to the wider tyres of a car or bus,” says Robinson.
PPA will be distributing reflective bibs and lights to cyclists from parts of Cape Town, Gauteng and Gqeberha this month.
The PPA also wishes to appeal to cyclists who have any unwanted cycling gear at home, to donate these for redistribution to cyclists in need. It is specifically looking for helmets and unwanted warm winter items. There are dedicated cycling shops in Cape Town as well as the Cycle Lab outlets, who collect these items on their behalf. Other stores include Olympic Cycles and Crown Cycles in Lansdowne Cape Town, Sage & Thyme in Somerset West and Cycles Direct in Tableview. In Durban people can also drop off items at CycleSphere and in JHB at Mello Vello and Jagga Cycles. Furthermore, cyclists can contact PPA at firstname.lastname@example.org for collection in Cape Town,” adds Robinson.