Cyclist Darren Fitz-Gerald’s incident when a taxi driver struck him down in Johannesburg this week has seen the Pedal Power Association send out a call for decisive action.
After watching a video of the Gauteng rider being knocked down PPA chief executive Robert Vogel said they had been expecting the worst.
“However, we have been on the phone with Darren and he was very lucky to get away with minor injuries,” he said.
“He is on his feet again, working through the aftermath of the crash.”
Vogel said they had sent footage to officials in the National Department of Transport, Gauteng Province and the City of Joburg.
“There needs to be swift action as well as consequences for the driver,” he said. “In too many cases cyclists are treated with disrespect on our roads although they are the most vulnerable of road users.”
Vogel urged motorists to be more patient and to only pass when it was safe, and to then make sure they passed with a berth of at least one metre.
The PPA say they are aware that some cyclists break traffic laws and that these rare actions tarnish all law-abiding cyclists.
To ensure safer roads everyone needs to obey the rules of the road, the association said.