Badly planned cycle race adds to traffic anger
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.