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A joint request for safer cycling in Cape Town




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.

As advocates for safe commuting and cycling, Future Cape Town, Open Streets and Ride your City have expressed their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.

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

 

ENDS

 

Issued by:

Media Office at Future Cape Town

media@futurecapetown.com

Open Streets: Marcela Guerrero Casas

marcela@openstreets.co.za

Ride your City: Gail Jennings

gail@gailjennings.co.za

 

 

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  • Graham

    This is a sad day indeed! Is this just going to carry on and on? It’s becoming a regular occurrence – too regular, one cyclists death on our roads is one too many!

  • Brent

    No doubt a very sad occurance. As a fellow cyclist I am well aware of the dangers of wreckless motorirsts. However, too often, particulalry in Cape Town, cyclists believe they own the right to cycle in the middle of the road, endangering both themselves and other motorists. While motorist awareness campaignes are certainly needed, I believe that an even stronger campaign should be directed toward cyclists who feel that they have more rights than motorists.

  • judy

    We have a massive cycling event every year in Capetown with thousands of people taking part. If every cyclist taking part contributed R1-5 towards cycle tracks and then after every Argus a new cycle route be built with that money. At the signing in for the Argus cycle tour people would be told of the cycle route that is being planned and funded. Corporates and Government could also get involved and fund. It would make cycling safer for cyclists and motorists alike.