PPA Stay Wider of The Rider Raises Awareness in Khayelitsha

As part of the mandate to keep cyclists safe on the roads throughout South Africa, the Pedal Power Association (PPA) is hosting its seventh safe cycling awareness ride for the year, this time in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Saturday, 9 November at 10H00. The aim is to make drivers aware of the danger’s cyclists face daily by spreading the message that space saves lives. We will also hand out safe cycling stickers to motorists on route. The ride starts from the Thembelihle High School parking area and will follow a 13km route back to the start venue.

“We are calling on local cyclists to please participate in the ride,” says CEO of the PPA Robert Vogel. It’s a tragic fact that hit-and-run incidents have become a common phenomenon in South Africa with few, if any, of the drivers being prosecuted, fined or jailed. As legal road users, cyclists have the right to use the roads,” explains Vogel.
Since 2011, the organisation has invested millions in various safe cycling campaigns to secure safer roads and awareness for cyclists, and to advocate mutual tolerance and respect amongst road users.

In 2014, the PPA initiated the “Stay Wider of the Rider” campaign after a Western Cape law was promulgated in 2013 making it compulsory for drivers to pass cyclists with a berth of at least 1m. It now needs your help in pushing for this to become a national law in South Africa.

“We are asking all cyclists joining us to follow the rules of the road. We will hand out lumo safe cycling reflective bibs to riders prior to the ride. There will also be a free cup of coffee for all the riders. Kindly note this is a safety ride so no helmet no ride. It is an awareness ride so we will ride at an easy pace.”