A joint request for safer cycling in Cape Town
24 October 2012
The death of a cyclist near Kalk Bay this morning has caused shock and sadness in the Cape Town community, following an incident involving a Golden Arrow Bus.
The organisations jointly ask for protection from authorities for cyclists and a commitment to safety from all road users, especially providers of public transport.
“The safety of people in our cities must take priority over vehicles and buildings. We will continue to advocate for the introduction of cycle lanes. In doing so, we support infrastructure for all forms of non-motorized transport, which can build a safe and coherent network in our city,” says Rashiq Fataar, MD of Future Cape Town.
“We urge all roleplayers and stakeholders in the public, private and civil society sectors, to step up their efforts and commit to safety on our roads and in our spaces,” says Fataar
Transforming streets in Cape Town needs to transcend rhetoric about ‘sharing the road’ and promoting ‘non motorized transport’.
“We need to do more to prevent such tragic and unnecessary deaths,” asks Marcela Guerrero Casas of Open Streets Cape Town.
She says enforcement on the roads is essential. Cyclists and pedestrians have no shield besides the law to protect them. If those laws that should guard those most vulnerable on the roads are failing to protect us, citizens need to speak up.
“Sharing the road in a harmonious way is the ultimate goal, but in order to get there we need enforcement to help us save lives,” urges Casas.
In seeking ways to address the situation, Gail Jennings of Ride your City has approached Golden Arrow Bus for an opportunity to discuss their commitment to the safety of all road users.
“We will continue to engage with Golden Arrow and other authorities to find meaningful solutions to this challenge, and welcome constructive debate around plans and proposals which already exist for improved non-motorized infrastructure in the Kalk Bay Area,” says Jennings
Media Office at Future Cape Town
Open Streets: Marcela Guerrero Casas
Ride your City: Gail Jennings
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