Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
18 Mar 2014
8:00 am

Respect by all SA road users essential

Wesley Botton

Mutual respect between people using South Africa's roads is crucial if any more serious accidents are to be avoided, according to Cycling SA (CSA) general manager Mike Bradley.

FILE PICTURE: Cyclists take part in a race. Photo by Gallo Images/Foto24/Cornel van Heerden.

“It can be infuriating for drivers when cyclists are riding abreast on the road,” Bradley said yesterday.

“But it’s just as frustrating for a cyclist when a driver skips a red robot without looking.”

Two professional cyclists, Jevandre Pauls (Bonitas Pro Cycling) and Craig Symons (Ride Life Giant), were involved in a collision with a vehicle while on a training ride in Stellenbosch on Friday afternoon.

Pauls and Symons were riding in single file in the yellow lane, according to a statement from Team Bonitas, when they were struck from behind.

Pauls was in stable condition, after sustaining severe facial fractures, and was in a medically induced coma at Kuilsrivier Hospital yesterday.

Symons sustained a fractured pelvis and was released from hospital on Friday evening.

A criminal case had been opened and the incident was being investigated by the SA Police Service.

Bradley said the safety of SA cyclists was a growing concern, and the national federation was involved in various awareness programmes in an effort to educate riders and other road users on the importance of following the rules.

Elite cyclist Carla Swart died in January 2011 after she was hit by a truck while training in the Free State, while mountain bike specialist Burry Stander was killed last year when he was hit by a taxi in Port Shepstone.

Bradley said CSA would soon launch a new website to pinpoint high-risk areas that experienced frequent incidents.

“We’re creating awareness and educating cyclists on obeying the rules of the road, but it’s very difficult to create a safe environment.”