Badly planned cy­cle race adds to traf­fic anger

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

I AM not sur­prised at mo­torists’ anger to­wards cy­clists. A cy­cle race was held on Jan­uary 10 with no warn­ing to the pub­lic, par­tic­u­larly those liv­ing around Fir­grove Way and Tokai For­est. The route went over Ou Kaapseweg, too.

I am amazed there were no ac­ci­dents with cy­clists, as mo­torists in both di­rec­tions tried to get round rid­ers rid­ing some­times three or four abreast. I can un­der­stand that they are in a cy­cle race and may pre­sume that they have right to ride in this man­ner but not many mo­torists think this way.

On our re­turn from No­ord­hoek we found that the fin­ish had been set up on Or­pen Road, which runs through Tokai For­est op­po­site the park­ing lot where peo­ple nor­mally park to walk their dogs in the for­est, and we had to drive on the op­po­site side of the road to get round the coned-off fin­ish area. Hence the road was a sin­gle lane here.

Who on earth or­gan­ises th­ese events? Surely more thought should be put into where the race starts and fin­ishes and more trou­ble taken to in­form the pub­lic to avoid the ag­i­ta­tion and near misses I wit­nessed from mo­torists try­ing to get through – one woman was try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate a horse­box through all of this – if for no other rea­son but to pro­tect the cy­clists from irate mo­torists. Fur­ther­more it is now sum­mer and th­ese races could be­gin ear­lier and not around 7am just as the roads get busy.

I am sure that if most of the mo­torists who were in­con­ve­nienced on Sun­day had known this race was tak­ing place, they would have cho­sen a dif­fer­ent route and the cy­clists would have had a far bet­ter race.

Please or­gan­is­ers, do a lit­tle more pre-race plan­ning in fu­ture for the ben­e­fit of all con­cerned. There is enough in­tol­er­ance on our roads al­ready.

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