New bicycles for Cape Town’s junior traffic training centre

The City of Cape Town’s Junior Traffic Centre, sited at Hillstar Traffic Department, has received 25 new bicycles from the Syntell Foundation, which will be used to train children in pedal cycle safety. The Junior Traffic Training Centre (JTTC) was launched in February 2008, and caters for Grade 1 – 3 learners, says Inspector Maxine […]

What a drag: rear-ended cyclists should have seen it coming, says letter writer…

So, says Peter Robertson in today’s Cape Times, cyclists need rear view mirrors so they can see what’s behind them and thus prevent crashes… Hhm, I thought that’s why vehicles had wind screens, so drivers could see in front of them…

Law, ethics & medicine: University of London on helmet legislation

“We cannot support legislation that would require competent adults to wear cycle helmets, particularly given the lack of evidence regarding the effectiveness of cycle helmets and given the importance of defending people’s right to take risks with their health,’ say authors Dr Carwyn Hooper and John Spicer of The Division of Population Health and Education, […]

Traffic calming comes to Village Lane, Noordhoek

For decades, residents (“us” not “them”) have been ignoring the 30km per hour signage and speeding through Village Lane – once a quiet lane used by pedestrians, horseriders, cyclists, children and skateboarders, now more often the path of impatient rat-runners… For almost as long, civic associations have been trying to persuade the City of Cape […]

Dodgy areas along the MyCiTi bike lanes prove to be just that :-(

Right from the start, we discussed this issue with the relevants – the fact that the MyCiTi bike lanes near the Civic Centre were in a seriously dodgy area, and that many of us (particularly women) would feel safer on the road. Sadly, the suggestions were met with the type of reaction we expected (we’ll […]