Cyclists call for road safety after Stander's death

Cyclists urge officials to increase road safety following Burry Stander’s death. Picture: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini
Johannebsurg cyclists laid a white ghost bike, surrounded by candles, for late Olympic mountain biker Burry Stander on 4 January 2012. Picture: Mbali Sibanyoni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Critical Mass Johannesburg on Saturday said they hoped to raise more awareness for cyclists’ safety after completing their bike ride for late Olympian Burry Stander.

Hundreds of bikers in the city gathered at Dunkeld Corner in Johannesburg on Friday and cycled to Nelson Mandela Bridge in honour of the 2012 London Olympic Games ace mountain biker.

Stander collided with a taxi in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday while cycling on Shelly Beach in Port Shepstone.

Critical Mass spokesperson Bruce Anderson said they did not expect such a large turnout.

He said more rules should be placed on the road to protect cyclists.

“One thing in particular that we are looking at is the need to pass a law of not passing a cyclist within one and a half metres, which would ensure the safety of that cyclist.”

Hundreds of bicycle users rode from Dunkeld Corner to the Nelson Mandela Bridge to honour Stander.

Cyclists laid a white ghost bike, surrounded it with candles and also observed a moment of silence for the late Olympian.

Stander died at the age of 25. 

He was also the defending Absa Cape Epic champion.