Cyclists will become fodder for drivers
WHILE I laud the latest initiative to promote cycling in Cape Town, I fear that these initiates will merely provide fresh fodder for the ill-mannered and inconsiderate Cape Town motorists.
What is also needed is an education initiative by the traffic authorities, to teach motorists how not to endanger cyclists.
I no longer cycle our roads, but opt for mountain biking and have ridden the hills for the past 15 years: no traffic and their rude drivers and no exhaust fumes.
I recall many years ago meeting a Dutch couple who had cycled through Africa from their home country.
They had been through all the “problem” countries and in many cases along dirt roads where trucks and cars drove around them.
The pair arrived safely at our border.
It was only when they were on South African roads, that they encountered “problem” motorists who seemed to be oblivious of cyclists and to take great glee, when they did notice them, to drive as close to them as possible!