Thursday, January 03, 2013

Cycling and Vehicles on the road

Today South African Olympic mountain biker Burry Stander died after a collision with a taxi o the south coast in Kwazulu-Natal. This month two years ago, another top cyclist, Carla Swart, died when she was hit by a truck while on a training ride. AA managing director Karen Bryden  notes the tragic regularity of cycling accidents on our roads:  "During 2010, 252 cyclists alone were killed and an estimated 800 more injured." (
This is close to home for me. My good friend Allen Rodgers was hit from behind by a driver who never bothered to stop. He lay in a coma in hospital for a week, before beginning a very painful and slow recovery. And I have a nephew who is a professional cyclist, braving traffic every day while he trains for road races.  

I am angry. And sad. Because we drive our vehicles with reckless disregard for human life. It seems that getting behind a steering wheel de-sensitises us to the humanness of the other people who share our road space. Instead the daily commute becomes a competition for road space that is conducted with viciousness and brutal efficiency.

I will choose to drive with sacred regard for the lives of those around me.



The Duncan Family said...

Why does it take a tragedy, like the death of Burry, to shake us from our complacency.
We are possibly the worst drivers in the world.
I commute to work everyday and have witnessed many terrible accidents and incident of road rage.
Come on ZA. Let's think about others for a change!!!

Delme Linscott said...

Totally agree Pete - need I say anymore how the reckless decision of a driver can destroy the lives of others.
Life is changed forever :(