Cyclists are being warned to remain alert and aware while on the road following an increase in crime. This weekend, a cyclist was attacked and robbed of his bicycle by two men who were armed with pangas.
The incident occured close to Steenberg Village, opposite the US Embassy. According to the Pedal Power Assosiation (PPA), the victim was taken to a hospital after the attack as he sustained injuries, including a broken leg.
A cyclist was attacked by two men with a panga opposite the US Embassy close to Steenberg Village. The cyclist was robbed of his bicycle and broke his leg in the attack, he has been admitted to hospital. SAPS Kirstenhof has made no arrests. Avoid area @PedalPowerPPA pic.twitter.com/8RZugluj40
— @safecyclists (@safecyclists) June 6, 2020
Just yesterday [June 7], the PPA issued a warning to cyclists on their Facebook Page, claiming that more incidents of crime are being reported during Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown.
“We are now in Level 3 Lockdown which means more vehicles are on the roads. Additionally due to the economic downturn more incidents of crime are being reported. Cyclists please be aware, alert and visible at all times. Ride together, but follow social distancing regulations,” they said.
Police spokesperson FC van Wyk, however, claimed the police has no record of the attack this weekend, according to IOL. According to Safe Cyclists, no arrests have been made.
Rens Rezelman, chairperson of the PPA, told IOL that these types of occurrences are quite a concern. He condemned the incident, saying that it is unfortunate that these things happen since cycling has increased but social distancing regulations render cyclists vulnerable to attacks.
“When criminals see a cyclist alone, they see it as a chance to rob and take advantage,” he said.
Rezelman added that while the PPA are supportive of the COVID-19 efforts, he does not think people should be on the road or cycling on their own.