Pedal Power Association organising anti-crime protest ride on Mandela Day

The Pedal Power Association (PPA) has called on Cape Town’s cyclists to join its anti-crime protest ride on Thursday July 18.

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In response to the spate of bike hijackings and robberies on Cape Town’s roads and cycle paths – especially on the cycle path running from the West Coast to Cape Town, as well as routes out to Kommetjie and around Stellenbosch – the PPA will once again shine a light on this and the general lack of safety of all cyclists, the PPA said in a statement.

Cyclists at their wits’ end

“This protest ride is our way of expressing our immense frustration with the current situation,” PPA CEO Robert Vogel said.

“The safety of cyclists on our roads is of utmost importance. Since 2011, we have invested millions of rand in various safe cycling campaigns to secure safer roads and awareness for cyclists and to advocate mutual tolerance and respect among road users. We cannot advocate mobility without safety,” he said.

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The Pedal Power Association (PPA), South Africa’s largest cycling organisation, has called on Cape Town’s cyclists to join its anti-crime protest ride on Mandela Day, Thursday 18 July. Photo: Supplied

When will the memorial ride take place?

The memorial ride will start at 11.30 from the Greenpoint Urban Park parking area.

The route will follow the various cycle paths along Somerset Road to Adderley Street; and Government Avenue to the Houses of Parliament.

A letter stating PPA’s grievances will then be delivered to Western Cape premier Alan Winde; transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela; Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa and a representative of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

“We would also like to urge everyone attending the ride to write your own letter of grievance and bring it along to hand-over. If you cannot attend the ride, ask a friend to bring your letter along. It’s time that the authorities hear from all of us,” Vogel said.

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The Pedal Power Association (PPA), South Africa’s largest cycling organisation, has called on Cape Town’s cyclists to join its anti-crime protest ride on Mandela Day, Thursday 18 July. Photo: Supplied

Marshals will assist during the 12km ride; there will be no road closures and all cyclists participating in the memorial ride were expected to obey all traffic rules and wear helmets.

“Please wear your ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ cycling jersey, should you have one,” he said.

African News Agency (ANA), editing by Jacques Keet

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