Cy­clists will be­come fod­der for driv­ers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

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!

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