A video taken by security cameras in Hermanus shows a cyclist being pulled from his bicycle by a pedestrian for no apparent reason on Saturday, September 12.
The cyclist can be seen on his way to a four-way crossing, passing a group of pedestrians when one of them grabs the rider from behind and he falls off his bicycle.
He gets up, seemingly disorientated and then tries to chase the culprit, but the group runs off. Motorists who witnessed the incident stop and can be seen speaking to the man.
Residents are urged to remain cautious when cycling or hiking, even during daytime and in busy areas. Always be alert and aware of your environment, keep to designated pathways and keep valuables out of sight.
The Pedal Power Association lists some valuable general tips for cyclists to keep in mind:
– Ride defensively but decisively: Follow the K53 principles and keep a clear space around you. Make it easy for a driver to anticipate what you are going to do (eg stopping your bicycle, turning left or right, etc) so that he/she can act accordingly. Ride in a straight line without swerving unnecessarily fromside to side.
– Wear gloves. It improves grip on the handlebars, and may save some skin should you get into contact with the tar (most cyclists put their hands out to break a fall).
– Use lights (a steady white light in front and a flashing red light at the back) if you ride in the dark, dawn or dusk. In fact, consider having a flashing red rear light at all times, even in the middle of the day.
– Always carry identification with you. Programme the details of your next-of-kin into your cellphone under ICE (In Case of Emergency). Carry your medical aid details with you, if applicable. Have identification both on your bicycle and on your person, should you get separated.
– Do not use a phone while riding. You need to be able to hear approaching traffic, or other cyclists who may be warning you about a problem.
In case of an accident, report it to the nearest police station as soon as possible.
You can also send the Association an email with the following information:
Date of incident
Time of day
A brief description of what happened
Your contact details
Another option is to contact Ali Mclean of ICEID ([email protected]) to have a metal tag printed with all your personal contact information, put it on a silicone/nylon wristband or keep it fixed to your bike in case of emergency.
Picture: Screenshot from video