The increase in bike-jackings has caused much concern in the cycling community. Here’s how to prevent a bike-jacking and quite possibly, save a life.
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* Ride in groups of three or more – better still, join a local club. Almost all clubs have organised group rides . (We are busy compiling a comprehensive list of all the clubs in SA)
* If you have no choice but to ride alone, ﬁnd out from clubs or bike shops which are the safest routes to ride.
* Where possible, ride on the tar road (or next to it) to ensure you are visible to other road-users and therefore less isolated.
* If you see pedestrians or suspicious characters ahead, adjust your line or your route in order to avoid passing close to them.
* Avoid riding in areas you are not familiar with. This makes you less likely to anticipate – and react to – trouble.
* Don’t carry ﬁrearms when riding – this could make the situation worse if confronted by a bikejacker.
* Follow Our Right2Ride on Twitter (http://twitter.com/right2ride) and bicyclesafetysa (http://twitter.com/bicyclesafetysa) – both are aimed at creating awareness for bicycle safety.
* Join any safety awareness rides in your area. Capetonians, there is one taking place on 28 August at 9am, Kloof Nek.
* Register on the National Bicycle Registry. The idea being if ever your bike is stolen, you report it on the registry, which is available for the public, and law enforcement officials to view.
Let’s all combine forces to raise awareness and create a safer cycling environment for all.