‘Cyclists’ lives do matter’ – one of SA’s largest cycling organizations after driver runs down cyclists

A national Pedal Power Association (PPA) safe cycling initiative, #CyclistsLivesMatterwill focus on the lack of prosecution of offenders responsible for fatal and serious crashes and attacks on roads.

The launch will be at the Valverde Eco Hotel in the Cradle of Humankind at 09:00 on Saturday, March 5.

Also read: Cyclist killed, another critically injured on R512 in Lanseria: Porsche driver released

The News reported early in February how the nation, and the cycling community in particular, were outraged when the driver of a luxury vehicle was granted bail after he was arrested for running down two cyclists near the Cradle of Humankind.

In the incident on Saturday, January 29 Andre Piehl was killed when he was dragged by the vehicle over a distance of 400m. Je’an du Preez had gone through the vehicle’s windscreen and sustained critical injuries. He was transported to hospital after being stabilized on scene, and was admitted to the ICU.

On Monday, January 31 the families of the two victims were dealt another blow when the Porche SUV driver was released and the matter was not placed on the court roll due to insufficient evidence. However, the Porche driver subsequently agreed to hand himself over and was charged officially. The case was postponed to May 18.

PPA chairperson Steve Hayward said as one of South Africa’s largest cycling organizations, they have supported cyclists for over 40 years.

We uphold the rights of cyclists and have a vision of a cycling South Africa, where the safety and security of cyclists in all communities are ensured. ”

He added the PPA together with Cycle Lab and other cycling clubs across Gauteng will pay their respects to the family of the late André Piehl.

“We are asking all cyclists that after doing their cycle loop to take a selfie in front of a #CyclistsLivesMatter media wall and post it, using the hashtag, #CyclistsLivesMatter. Dignitaries from national government as well as prominent role players and members of the media have been invited to discuss concerns and provide recommendations to improve the safety of cyclists in South Africa, and address the lack of prosecution of offenders in related cycling cases.

“We are inviting all cyclists to participate to show their support for the campaign,” Hayward said.

“During the past few years we have noticed a growing intolerance between motorists and cyclists, coupled with an increasing trend of lawlessness amongst road users. This threatens the safety of cyclists across South Africa, ”added Hayward.

Cyclists are taxpayers, contributing members of the community and family members, so each serious injury or death is an unnecessary one, which we believe can be avoided. We want to see the successful prosecution of drivers responsible for fatal and serious crashes throughout South Africa. We call on all cyclists to continue to respect the law and abide by the relevant legislation. Cyclists’ lives do matter. ”

The #CyclistsLivesMatter campaign will be extended to other major cycling events, and wherever they host rides in South Africa.

Cycle Lab co-owner Andrew McLean confirmed that #CyclistsLivesMatter media walls will be placed in their five stores countrywide.

Cyclists participating in the 2022 Cape Town Cycle Tour, will be able to take a #CyclistsLivesMatter selfie to support the campaign at registration and at the finish of this iconic event. The PPA will also host an opportunity for cyclists to take selfies on Chapman’s Peak Drive, the Saturday prior to the CTCT, from 07:00 to 09:00.

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