PPA Petition for Cyclist Awareness to be Included in the K53 Manual and Driver Test

One of the main reasons why more people do not ride is because they are afraid of being injured or killed by a motorised vehicle. It is a simple as that.

This is why the Pedal Power Association is calling for improvements to be made to the K53 Manual and Driving Licence Test to make bicycle awareness a core part of driver training and testing, with emphasis on how much space to give cyclists, how to safely interact with cyclists at intersections, and how to safely overtake cyclists. Add your voice to their call by SIGNING the Petition online on Ride Your City. Alternatively if you are visiting the Cape Argus Lifecycle Expo, go to the PPA stand to sign the petition there.


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3 Responses to “PPA Petition for Cyclist Awareness to be Included in the K53 Manual and Driver Test”

  1. Gina Karmis April 19, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    This picture speaks for itself! With roads too full for cars why do cyclists think it is ok for them to ride abreast? They use the roads for recreation while people are trying to get to work. If cyclists obey a few simple road rules, pay a license and show some respect to other road users there will be no problem. Keep left for motorbikes and 1.5m right for bicycles where do cars drive? But for every turn of our wheels we get ripped off. Cars can pay for the upkeep of roads but cyclists would prefer us to keep off them. Cyclists need to pay for and pass a test to be on the road. They want to share the roads they must share responsibility

    • Leonie April 19, 2013 at 8:48 am #

      Perhaps not the most appropriate picture to choose on our part 😉
      We totally agree with you that cyclists and vehicle drivers need to respect each other and learn to share the road. Both drivers and cyclists need safety training and education – with this regard there are many organisations (e.g. the Bicycling Empowerment Network and PPA) who work to educate cyclists about appropriate safe riding. However, currently there is no education offered to drivers when it comes to dealing with road users like cyclists. This is where this petition is so important.

      I have to disagree with you on one point – cycling is not just for recreation or sport. There are many cyclists in South Africa who use their bicycles as their primary mode of transport for commuting to work etc. I do believe that the safer the roads become and with hiking fuel prices, many more people will be using their bicycles to get to work etc. As for wear and tear on the road, I am not an expert, but bicycles weigh a 1/10 of the weight of person walking – so unless they start taxing people for walking in the city, I sincerely doubt they could impose a charge for bicycle road use!

      Cyclists do not want cars off the road – in fact many of them own and drive cars. However, what they want is a safe place for them on the road. Once that is created, you will be surprised how many people leave their cars behind and choose to ride bicycles instead. In fact in the early 1970’s Amsterdam was a city dominated by cars, with increasing numbers of deaths on the roads, especially amongst school children. Thanx to forward thinking political and civil society action, today it is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world with over 60% of trips made by bike in the inner city!

  2. Pat Allen September 22, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    I will be including this request for a 1.5m passing distance in the new defensive driving course I will be offering driving instructors from 3rd October 2013.
    Also like the request for this recommendation to be made as part of the K53 official manuals.
    Regards, Pat Allen, National President, SAIDI – The Southern African Institute of Driving Instructors

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