Photo Caption – Bicycle commuters who were on their way to work on Wednesday morning (26 September 2012) were pleasantly surprised, when they received a helmet and reflective tape for their bicycles from the Pedal Power Association (PPA). Peninsula Beverages Company (PenBev – local bottler of Coca-Cola products in the Western and Northern Cape) sponsored 20 helmets and also provided each commuter with an ice cold refreshing Coca-Cola.
In preparation for October’s “Transport Month”, the PPA ‘gave back’ to the community when staff members of the Association, together with local Traffic Officers and friends of the PPA handed bicycle helmets and reflective bicycle strips to commuters from the Retreat, Grassy Park and Lavender Hill areas; in total 200 helmets and 800 reflective strips were handed out.
“This was such a wonderful surprise and I felt so very lucky this morning,” said Samuel Yobanda, who commutes daily between Lavender Hill and Tokai where he works night shifts as a security guard. “Thank you to the Pedal Power Association for helping to keep me safe on the road.”
For Matthew Fortune, who cycles daily between Retreat and Constantia, this was a dream come true. “I am so happy,” he said. “I need my bicycle every day but could not afford to buy a helmet.”
“The Helmet Safety Drive is part of the PPA’s annual project funding initiative,” explained PPA’s chairman, Steve Hayward. “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 Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. The PPA uses any profits received in this way to run the Association, and, in 2012-2013, will plough over R1,7 million into cycling projects,” said Hayward. These projects include specific commuter and safety drives like the helmet hand-outs and a campaign to make motorists more aware of the best practice 1.5m safe passing distance when motorists pass cyclists on our roads.
The Pedal Power Association (PPA) conducts these helmet hand-outs quarterly in an effort to ensure commuters are not only comply with the law, but to add to their safety by becoming more visible to motorists.
For more information on the PPA, please contact Tel: (021) 689-8420 or visit www.pedalpower.org.za
For more information on PenBev, please visit www.penbev.co.za.