Safe Cycling

The Pedal Power Association, in conjunction with the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN), launched a ‘schools safe cycling programme’ on Thursday 29 September at the Bergsig Primary School, Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats. The aim of the programme is to introduce children to cycling, whilst focusing on road safety.


“For 40 years, the PPA has been promoting cycling and the interests of cyclists. We believe that everyone should ride a bicycle every day – albeit to school, work, to the shops or just for fun. We are proud to be involved with this schools safe cycling programme as the safety of our children on bicycles is of utmost importance to us,” says PPA CEO, Robert Vogel.

“The number of children cycling to school alone has rapidly decreased over the past few decades, often because parents worry about traffic danger. We want to teach children about road safety and encourage parents to cycle with their children. Once your child is confident on their bike, getting them used to cycle on roads with dedicated cycle lanes, will improve their confidence and fitness,” explains Vogel.


The cycling programme consists of a theoretical lesson on all elements of cycling safety, followed by a practical session of riding bicycles in a controlled environment on the school grounds.

“Bicycles are a fun, eco-friendly and affordable way to get you where you need to be, but children need to be educated on safety when cycling,” explains Tim Mosdell, general manager of BEN. “Bicycles are for everyone, no matter your age!”


PPA launched the very successful ‘Cyclists Stay Alive at 1.5’ campaign back in 2011, which resulted in a 1 metre law being promulgated in 2013 in the Western Cape.  In 2014, the PPA launched the ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ campaign, urging motorists to pass cyclists at a safe distance of at least 1 metre or more. One of the aims of the campaign is to create awareness on the roads about how vulnerable cyclists are.

Plans are afoot to launch the safe cycling school programme nationally.

Should you wish to involve your school with our programme, please email us.



You are invited to join the PPA Safe Cycling STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER group at the 2016 Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg, Gauteng. ENTRIES FOR THE GROUP CLOSE FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

  • Click here to enter the event. Click on the JOIN TEAM button and then type in ‘PPA Stay Wider of the Rider’ before you proceed to pay. Once you have paid, a request will be sent to the PPA to add your name to the team/start group.
  • You must ride in a ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ jersey in order to be allowed into the start chute for this start group. If you do not already own a Safe Cycling jersey, you can purchase one at a special price for this event only. SPECIAL price of R200 short sleeve, R290 long sleeve and R 350 gilets for PPA members,  ONLY if you ride in the group. You will also be able to purchase a jersey at our Expo stand during registration .


The Pedal Power Association has for 40 years been promoting making our roads safer for cyclists. As the safety of all our cyclists, from commuters to sports cyclists, is top of mind, PPA annually pours millions into a safe cycling campaign to educate road users about the vulnerability of cyclists on the roads. The PPA’s objective is to educate all road users to be tolerant, respectful and courteous towards each other on the road. The Association promote the slogans ‘Please Share the Road’ and ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ throughout South Africa. Anecdotal evidence is that motorists are currently giving cyclists’ a wider berth, but there are still so many people who need to be educated on how vulnerable cyclists really are on our roads.

Statistics show 84% of cycling accidents are caused by vehicles connecting cyclists from behind at speed; not passing cyclists at a safe distance; or cyclists not being visible.

The PPA launched the very successful ‘Cyclists Stay Alive at 1.5’ campaign back in 2011 which resulted in a law promulgated in 2013 in the Western Cape which states that motorists must pass cyclists with a passing distance of (at least) 1m. Through the STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER campaign, PPA urges motorists to obey the law and pass cyclists at a safe distance of at least 1 metre or more.

Join thousands of supporters throughout South Africa and pledge your support for the PPA Safe Cycling campaign by riding in a PPA STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER jersey at the 2016 Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge.


Contact Liz Heydra at the PPA Office on (021) 761-3478 / 6340 or email  liz@pedalpower.org.za.



The Pedal Power Association is a Public Benefit Organisation committed to promote cycling and the interests of cyclists. Our new ‘STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER’ campaign, launched in February 2015 ahead of the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour, aims to create maximum awareness amongst all road users.We hope this will lead to safer roads for all users in South Africa.

Join thousands of supporters and pledge your support for the PPA Safe Cycling national campaign by riding in a PPA STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER jersey at major cycling events throughout South Africa including, amongst others, the AMASHOVA, 947 and the PPA Mangaung Cycle Tour.

Lack of visibility is a key issue that contributes towards cycling accidents on our roads. The new “Stay Wider of the Rider” safe cycling jerseys are highly visible and include the simple “Stay Wider of the Rider” message. They are available in short and long sleeves. High visibility bibs with the “Stay Wider of the Rider” message will be available to cyclists who commute in work clothes.

14049_PPA POLE POSTER5_FOR APPROVAL copy 2 (2)Join thousands of supporters and pledge your support for the safe cycling campaign by sticking the “Stay Wider of the Rider” bumper sticker to the back of your vehicle. “It is also our responsibility as drivers to become more aware and tolerant of other road users,” says PPA chairman Steve Hayward.

“There can be no doubt that the time has come for action to make our roads safer for the cyclists of South Africa,” says Hayward. “The PPA constantly hears from cyclists across South Africa who feel unsafe on the roads due to poorly designed roads, aggressive driving or the lack of signage and safe cycling lanes.

Cyclists need to remember that if they want motorists to respect them on the roads, they too have to obey the rules of the road and show respect towards motorists. “Using abusive language and rude gestures is just going to add fuel to the fire,” he said.

“Cycling is a valid and legal  form of transport. In too many cases cycling is treated as an optional extra to be added where there is enough ‘spare space’, Hayward said. “Let’s practise tolerance, respect and unity in order to be safer on the roads,” Hayward concluded.

14049_PPA POLE POSTER5_FOR APPROVAL (2)Statistics show that 84% of cycling fatalities are caused by cyclists being hit by a motor vehicle from behind or when a vehicle underestimates the speed of a cyclist and crosses their path.Cyclists have almost no protection when they are involved in an accident.By giving them adequate space on the roads, motorists can avoid accidents that may cost precious lives. 

Through the STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER campaign, PPA urges motorists to obey the law and pass cyclists at a safe distance of at least 1 metre or more. Come ride with us join our SC start groups to show your support for Safe Cycling in South Africa.


Contact Liz Heydra at the PPA Office on (021) 671-3478 / 671-6340 or email  liz@pedalpower.org.za.



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  • CLICK HERE to order your PPA Safe Cycling jersey – these are available in both short and long sleeve versions. We also have ‘gilets’ (sleeveless windbreakers) available.

Long Sleeve jerseys @ R390 for PPA members and @ R490 for  non- members as of end-May 2016. The Long sleeve jerseys are unisex. Sizes: XS,S,M,L,XL,2XL,3XL,4XL

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Gilets are available @ R 400 for PPA members and @ R500 for  non-member. Gilets are unisex. The following sizes are available: S,S,M,L,XL,2XL,3XL,4XL


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The short sleeve jerseys are available in men’s and ladies cuts. Sizes: XS, S, M,L,XL,2XL,3XL AND 4XL. Cost: Short Sleeve jerseys @ R300  PPA members @ R400 non- members

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The Pedal Power Association (PPA) proudly launched its ‘Safe Cycling’ campaign in 2011. The campaign focused on promoting a safe passing distance of 1.5m between vehicles and cyclists.

One of the original ‘safe cycling’ flags at the launch of the campaign in 2011.

In February 2012, the safe cycling campaign focused on increasing safety for sports cyclists. At the beginning of each year, the number of cyclists increases substantially due to the Cape Town Cycle Tour which takes place annually on the second Sunday of March. The Cycle Tour is the biggest cycle event in South Africa and one of the largest timed events in the world, and attracts thousands of visiting cyclists to Cape Town. Many of these cyclists are not regular riders and not always accustomed to cycling on the roads in and around Cape Town. This in turn poses challenges to both cyclists and motorists on our roads.

“We are in the fortunate position that the Pedal Power Association and the Rotary Club of Claremont are the beneficiaries of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust who organises, amongst others, the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour (previously called the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour). The PPA uses any profits received in this way to run the Association, and to fund cycling projects that fit in with our Constitution,” explained PPA Chairman, Steve Hayward. The PPA Safe Cycling campaign soom became one of PPA’s biggest projects.


The original 1.5m campaign launched with, amongst others, moving media.

The campaign launch: The red marker indicates 1.5m!

The campaign rolled out across radio, print, social media, moving media (back-of-bus) and even bumper stickers to help spread the word.

PPA staff proudly displaying some of the posters and safe cycling bumper stickers

The original bumper stickers

One of “our” safe cycling buses on the freeway!