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Safer roads is a shared responsibility says PPA

Drivers and cyclists are on the same side, says the Pedal Power Association. We all breathe the same air, live in the same neighbourhoods, use the same shops, our kids go to the same schools– and we all want safer roads.

Speed is a major contributor to the death toll on our roads. Collisions, which exceed 45km/h, give cyclists a less than 50% chance of survival. Even if a cyclist is hit at slower speeds, they face suffering severe injuries. “Always look out for cyclists on the road,” says CEO Robert Vogel of the Pedal Power Association. “There is this belief that cyclists have less right to the road and should keep out of a motorist’s way. Both have equal rights on the road. We need mutual respect and tolerance among all road users,” says Vogel. “Remember that when you need to turn or change lanes, there could be a cyclist next to you. Make an extra effort to double check your blindspot and mirrors, before you turn or change lanes. Motorist also need to be aware of cyclists approaching from the front, when intending to cross the path of oncoming traffic.

Drivers should not underestimate the speed of a cyclist,” Vogel explains. “ If we all obeyed the rules and showed a bit of courtesy to other road users, we’d realise that our journey is not more important than the journey of any other person. We’d reduce speed, stop overtaking on white lines and skip red lights. Motorists hold the key to making roads safer for everyone.”

What to do in the event of an accident:

If a driver does knock down a cyclist, the normal duties of a driver in an event of an accident as provided by Section 61 of the Act apply:

  • The driver must immediately stop and report to the accident to the SAPS
  • The driver needs to check for injuries and render assistance if he is capable to do so
  • The driver must provide his/her details to the authorities or witnesses
  • The drive must report the accident as soon as possible, if a person was killed or injured it has to be reported within 24 hours after the occurrence of the accident
  • A vehicle involved in a fatal accident may not be removed from the scene unless authorised by a traffic official.
  • In the event that a motorist knocks down a cyclist and the State decides to pursue a criminal case, the State will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver is in fact guilty in terms of the criminal law.
  • Should a motorist be found guilty of reckless, negligent or inconsiderate driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a harsh sentence awaits him/her. This may include imprisonment for culpable homicide.

As much as we advocate for drivers to give cyclists ample space when passing, cyclists need to obey the rules of the road as well. Some of the most important things cyclists should do in order to stay safe on the road include:

  1. Make sure you are visible.
    When you are out cycling, it is safest to assume that the cars around you, won’t be able to see you. Be visible by wearing bright clothing with reflective strips, attach a white light to the handlebar and a red flashing light at the back of your bike. Try and ride in a group. The more of you there a
    It’s essential to ride with a good quality helmet; this is without a doubt the most important safety precaution you can take. Aside from it being against the law in South Africa to cycle without a helmet, a head injury can have permanent side-effects . Get a new helmet if yours is materially damaged in any way. Another important safety rule is not to listen to music while you ride; if you can’t hear the cars around you, you can’t avoid potential accidents.
  2. Obey road rules like any other road user
    As a cyclist, you’re expected to follow the same rules of the road as anyone else. Although you have the advantage of being able to cycle in the yellow line or on bike lanes, you still have to stop at stop streets and red lights, giving way when you are required to, and being considerate towards your fellow road users, including drivers and pedestrians.
  3. Be considerate at all times
    Cyclists know that not all drivers are considerate of cyclists, but drivers are still in a position of power compared to a cyclist. Don’t hold on to cars to hitch a lift or keep your balance; and avoid hurling abuse or swearing at motorists for the same reason that road rage is a bad strategy when you’re in your car: things can escalate quickly. Keep yourself safe by keeping your cool.

“Be sure to keep yourself safe on our roads and be the best cyclist you can possibly be; every time you head out, you’re an ambassador for all cyclists on the road. This is a great responsibility; don’t take it lightly. The same goes for motorists. You need to remember, you must give a cyclist a gap of at least 1 metre when passing. A driver is allowed to cross a solid line to give the cyclist the required gap, if it is safe for him or her to do so. If in doubt, don’t pass the cyclist and wait for an opportunity to pass safely. Space and time saves lives”,  Vogel concludes.

 


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E-bike event returns after successful launch last year!

Last year the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour introduced a 30 km electric bike route, the first e-bike event in the country! The event was a great success and will be part of this year’s programme once more.

The Knysna Cycle Tour defines an e-bike as follows:

“An electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike or booster bike, is a (MTB) bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion and must be combined with the ability to be pedalled by the rider.”

Only e-bikes that are mountain bikes may enter the e-bike 30 km category – tyres must be knobbly mountain bike tyres. No recharging or battery replacement may take place during the event.

No electric road bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or motor bikes may enter this event.

E-bike riders will have the opportunity to ride the Knysna Cycle Tour MTB event, a bucket list event for cyclists worldwide because of the beautiful and challenging routes, which are set up and managed for us every year by Leon Evans (Dr Evil), and include access to sections of privately owned property that are normally closed to the public.

You will ride through sections of the Knysna Forest and scenic farmland areas, and be exposed to the beauty of the natural fauna and flora of the exquisite Garden Route, while testing your skills to the maximum.

Click here to enter

 


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Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour announces seeding events

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour is on track for its 31st year, and the organisers have confirmed that three of the races will be seeding events for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

One of the two biggest sporting events of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival (29 June – 8 July), the Knysna Cycle Tour will take place on 30 June and 1 July, the first weekend of the popular annual festival. The tour comprises MTB Events, Road Races, the SPUR Children’s Tour, and the Forest Family Dam Ride.

The 80 km and 50 km MTB events and the 115 Road Race have been announced as seeding events for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Race Director Elwin Thompson said that this was a very exciting development for the Knysna Cycle Tour. “There has been a big demand for us to provide seeding events as this ensures that riders wanting to do the Cape Town Cycle Tour are able to start the race with others of similar ability and fitness. This helps reduce bottlenecks and the need to overtake slower riders on the route, which means it’s safer for all riders.

“There is no doubt that this is a big drawcard for our event and will attract an increased number of cyclists to Knysna this year,” said Thompson.

The MTB event on 30 June is one of the biggest in southern Africa and includes outstanding cycling routes through the Knysna forest. Traditionally the event consisted of four different MTB routes for varying technical abilities – 80 km, 50 km, 30 km and 15 km. Last year, the organising committee changed the 15 km route to an easier, fun ride for all ages, and introduced a 30 km e-bike route. Set up and managed by Leon Evans, known as Dr Evil, the MTB routes test the skills of competitors to the maximum.

“This year, following the fires of June last year, we will be looking to change the 50 km route slightly to divert cyclists from some of the badly burned pine forest where all the trees have now been cut down and the landscape has changed completely. We want to make our MTB routes as scenic as possible to maintain our reputation as a bucket list event.”

The challenging 115 km road race on Sunday 1 July, which is also a seeding event, will follow the now-familiar route from Knysna to Sedgefield and Kleinkranz, then back to Knysna via Sedgefield and Karatara. Says Thompson: “It was designed for enthusiastic, competitive roadies and always delivers!”

The 50 km road race route is from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2.

The SPUR Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tour on Sunday 1 July is a fun, safe event for children aged 2 to 10. There are three events for different age groups, all starting and finishing at the Knysna Oyster Festival venue.

The popular Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday 1 July consists of two events: a 20 km and a 30 km ride. Both rides are scenic MTB routes through the Knysna forest and past some of the town’s dams. The 30 km event is for more experienced riders, while the 20 km ride is for MTB riders of all ages and competency, including children aged 12 years and older. They are guided fun rides and will not be timed.

Says Thompson: “We are looking forward to a great event this year. Online entries are now open and our team will also be at the Momentum stand at the Cape Town Cycle Tour expo from Thursday this week until Sunday to answer questions and assist anyone who would like to enter one of our races.”

All details about the Knysna Cycle Tour are on the website www.knysnacycle.co.za.

Follow the Knysna Cycle Tour on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about all the events.

EVENT ENQUIRIES

Megan or Linda | Cell: 079 796 7834 | Tel: 044 382 1129 (mornings only) | Email: enquiries@knysnacycle.co.za

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Jeannine Orzechowski | Cell: 082 881 9468| Tel: 044 388 4793 | Email: jeannine@saol.com

 


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Rose Bilbrough

Knysna is ready for a great 2018 Cycle Tour!

The Greater Knysna area is recovering beautifully after the 2017 fires. Much needed rains following a lengthy dry spell which contributed to the spread of the devastating fires of 7 June, have encouraged regrowth everywhere and the fynbos is slowly returning to the areas that were burnt.

In addition, a number of accommodation establishments which were damaged in the fires have reopened and others, which suffered severe damage or were destroyed completely, are being rebuilt. Some of these will be open in time for this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival!

We are looking forward to a great 2018 Knysna Cycle Tour and hope that all our supporters from areas outside of Knysna will be back to see how we have recovered, in part because of the fantastic support we received from many of you last year!

Knysna has ‘moderate’ water restrictions

The status of Knysna with regards to water restrictions as indicated on the Western Cape map, which appears on the Western Cape Water Wise Tourism website, shows “Moderate Water Restrictions”.

This reflects the situation in Knysna where Level 3 water restrictions are in place to ensure the security of water for all users.

At the same time, we would like to remind all our residents and visitors, that Knysna is a water-scarce town so it is vital for everyone to be water wise.

While we are not as severely affected by the drought as other parts of the Western Cape, we continue to encourage residents and visitors to be conscious of our limited water resources.

See you in Knysna 30 June and 1 July!


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Save the dates for this year’s Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour!

Friday 29 June 2018:  Registration

Saturday 30 June 2018:  Mountain Bike Events

Sunday 1 July 2018:  Road Races | Children’s Events | Forest Family Dam Ride

Online entries for all events will open on 4 March 2018!


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15km MTB Ashes Fun Ride

This year there will be an exciting new route for the 15 km MTB race! We’re calling it the Ashes Fun Ride in memory of the Knysna fires and we encourage you to enter to show your support for local cyclists who were affected by the recent devastating fires!

Check out the new route here.

Click here to enter online now!


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#RideForALocal says Knysna Cycle Tour!

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour is going ahead despite the recent devastating fires and will celebrate its 30th year with exciting new routes & rides!

Marketing director of the Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn said that he hoped that many cyclists who were previously undecided about participating in the event this year, will make the decision to enter a race and come to Knysna.

“We’ve launched a campaign, #RideForALocal because many of our local cyclists were affected in one way or another by the fires. Every single person who comes to the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will be helping the locals to rebuild their lives and their businesses,” he said.

To encourage participation, normal entries have been extended till 23 June, but late online entries will be accepted until 5 July with no penalties. A late entry fee will be charged for entries at registration. However, late entries will not be seeded.

The two-day event offers a weekend of cycling for the whole family and is for cyclists who enjoy scenic and challenging routes – from beginners to experienced riders.

  • MTB Events: Saturday, 8 July: 80 km, 50 km, 30 km, 15 km PLUS a new 30 km e-bike route
  • Road Race Events: Sunday, 9 July: 115 km and 50 km
  • SPUR Children’s Fun Ride: Sunday, 9 July: 400 m, 1,5 km and 2,5 km
  • Forest Family Dam Ride: Sunday, 9 July: 30 km and 20 km

EVENT ENQUIRIES: Megan or Linda | Cell: 079 796 7834 | Tel: 044 382 1129 (mornings only)

Email: enquiries@knysnacycle.co.za

ENTER NOW: www.knysnacycle.co.za

Follow the Knysna Cycle Tour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates about all events.

 


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Knysna Oyster Festival to go ahead

Knysna Tourism has confirmed that the Pick n Pay 2017 Knysna Oyster Festival is going ahead as planned. Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, the Knysna Municipality and the event organisers, board chairperson Elmay Bouwer said that while the Garden Route town suffered extensive damage in this week’s devastating fires, plans for the festival are continuing.

Marketing director for the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn said that, while Knysna has taken a big knock, the Knysna Cycle Tour is still on track with planning and organisation. “Once all the fires have been extinguished, we will be able to assess the situation to see whether it is necessary to alter any of our routes and plans, and all entrants will be updated by email,” he said. “We are looking forward to a great event.”

Organiser of The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon, Leon Brown, confirmed that the marathon would also go ahead. “We are dedicating the event to all the people who lost everything in the fires and will be focusing on our blanket drive. We urge people to add to the 2000 blankets which Momentum donates every year and to also donate clothing which will be collected at registration and at the race start in the Glebe so that it can be distributed to where it is most needed.

Knysna Tourism is presently assessing the impact of the fires on the local accommodation establishments but is positive that festival goers will be able to find accommodation in and around the town. Visitors can call Knysna Tourism on 044 3825510 for more information.

Bouwer said that it was heartening so see how South Africans across the country have offered support for those who have lost so much in Knysna. “The festival will be a great opportunity for people who want to help our residents to recover from this disaster and we are looking forward to welcoming a record number of people to our beautiful town.

“The festival is known to stimulate the Knysna winter economy and firmly places the region on the tourism destination map during the quieter off-season.  It is also instrumental in raising meaningful funding for local charities (over R3 million in 2016) and for developing and growing local suppliers.  These are good reasons for the festival to take place and an even better reason to invite everyone to Knysna this year.”

To illustrate the positive economic impact that the festival brings to Knysna, last year festival goers spent close to R110 million over the 10 days of the festival, excluding event tickets and a total of 2 392 job opportunities were created.

Separate to the charitable contributions that will come from the festival, both Pick n Pay and event co-sponsors Momentum have this week donated R100 000 each to immediate fire disaster relief.

In the meantime, anyone wishing to assist can take advantage of Pick n Pay’s online shop to purchase groceries and essentials for delivery to those in need. Visit http://www.picknpay.co.za/knysna-fire.

For more information about the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival visit www.oysterfestival.co.za. For accommodation in Knysna visit www.visitknysna.co.za.

 


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Ten-year-old disabled cyclist takes on Knysna Cycle Tour 50 km road race

Ten-year-old disabled cyclist extraordinaire Zach Rauch Legward will ride this year’s Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour 50 km Road Race event on Sunday 9 July.

Zach, who lives in Cape Town, has been cycling for the last three years on a custom-built hand cycle and is the youngest hand cyclist in South Africa. He has won Gold in the Outeniqua Wheel Chair Challenge three times, has ridden Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior twice and recently did the the Gun Run.

Zach and his support team, headed up by dad Geoff Legward, started training for the Knysna Cycle Tour four months ago, riding a distance of 13 km every second day, which Zach completes in about 60 min at an average speed of 15 km.

Says Geoff: “Downhill we have seen his bike do 50 km, but I start getting a bit nervous! We have increased his distance to 20 km and he’s doing this easily. Weekends we are doing 30 km and he handles that with ease.”

Zach is registered with Pedal power and Cycling SA.

If he completes the race, he will be the youngest hand cyclist in SA to do 50 km and possibly the first in Africa.

The Knysna Rotary Committee which coordinates the annual event has given free entries to Zach and his team mates, and Zach’s father Geoff has promised to give him R10 per km completed.

Says Geoff: “I would like to challenge other cyclists to sponsor Zach R10 per kilometre. These funds will be given to a charity for disabled children.” Sponsorship commitments can be emailed to enquiries@knysnacycle.co.za.


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NEW: Road Race Mountain Bike Categories

We’ve made it easier for cyclists to enter both a MTB event and a Road Race by introducing MTB categories in the Road Races on Sunday 9 July!

You can now ride the 115 km and 50 Road Races on your mountain bike with knobbly tyres.  However, you must ensure that you are riding a genuine mountain bike with mountain bike knobbly tires. Any person not complying with this condition will not be recognised as a finisher in these events and if found after the event to have contravened this condition will be removed from the results.


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