The PPA launched a major ‘Safe Cycling’ campaign in late 2011, striving to focus attention on a safe passing distance between vehicles and cyclists. Part of this campaign means that cyclists need to know HOW and WHERE we can ride our bicycles.
Rather than asking where we can ride – what about those roads that Cyclists are NOT permitted to cycle on?
These are either FREEWAYS or areas where Cycling Prohibited signs are displayed . Simply put, ‘freeways’ are designated as such in terms of the National Road Traffic Act. These may have different designations (N - National, R - Provincial or M - Municipal) – but if the following signs are displayed anywhere, YOU MAY NOT CYCLE there.
You can ride on any other road where it makes sense to do so safely!!
So, what happens if you get hit by a vehicle when you are cycling on a road where you are not supposed to be?
- Your chances of surviving are slim and, at best, you will probably be severely injured.
- You are committing a traffic offence and you could be charged.
- Your insurances may not cover you or your bicycle.
What then? Where and how do we ride?
We ask that motorists respect us and the laws. As cyclists we need to do the same. Only by riding responsibly where we are allowed to can we expect other road users to respect us.
Respect the laws, respect other road users: It’s a two-way street. Live to enjoy the rides!!!
Read more about the Pedal Power Association and their Safe Cycling and other campaigns on www.pedalpower.org.za