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Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« on: August 29, 2008, 07:30:43 pm »
I've had enough of the people running across the N1 at Century City every afternoon. Today I noticed 7 guys standing next to the road just about to run over, so I pulled over and told them to use the bridge. They rather easily obliged, and went their merry way. Just as I was about to leave, another one came and wanted to cross, I also showed him the way.

Now I know there are Metro Cops in the mornings waiting for them on the way in, but they are only there in the afternoon if they are on that shift, the other shifts apparently do not do it.

I have 2 ideas, one is to whenever you ride home in the afternoon and see these people, stop if safe to do and make them walk over the bridge. The 2nd one is to form a pressure group and go visit Mr Heathcliff Thomas, hand over a petition and demand that they do something. If they don't do something, we can always stage a protest next to the road for a couple of mornings with placards, or is that too extreme?

If we want it to get better, we'll have to apply pressure. Who is in?
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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2009, 06:56:51 pm »
I'm overwhelmed by the support shown from local WDs >:D


Some positive feedback:

Officer C. Chetty and her partner was on duty there this afternoon to prevent the pedestrians running across the road. She had to attend to an accident there on Saturday where a lady that ran across the road was injured/killed.

I personally thanked her and she agreed that this area is a big concern. I also gave her the number for the guy from Rabie Properties to address the situation. She is also going to report the broken fence to the Provincial Administration to fix.

Further, I've also got reaction from one of the councillors who forwarded my complaint to a(nother) person at the City, lets see what that brings. I've also reported the lack of cooperation from other people to the mayor, Helen Zille, I'm hoping there will be a ton of bricks dropping somewhere soon...

Still on target for Friday morning
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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009, 07:29:26 pm »
Hey Buzz, help me here - what is happening on Friday morning?

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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2009, 08:43:21 pm »
Well done.

+100 for people to stop complaining and doing something about a problem.

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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2009, 10:03:30 pm »
Hey Buzz, help me here - what is happening on Friday morning?

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Friday morning from about 08:00 a couple of guys is going to be parked at the spot where they cross the road to prevent them from doing so and to show that we are tackling the issue. See http://www.tbforum.co.za/forum/showthread.php?t=25576

It is not a TB sanctioned event, merely a couple of guys getting together. We will not be swinging baseball bats, merely try to educate.
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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2009, 06:57:13 am »
We will not be swinging baseball bats, merely try to educate.

It would be difficult to educate that lazy lot without bats.

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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2009, 07:37:41 am »
Just take care that your stopping on a motorway doesn't land you in a pile.

Well done, will support if I can.

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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2009, 08:34:47 am »
Good on you for standing up for what is right, and this for the others not just yourself.

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I must agree with Ama a little. These guys will always choose the lasiest, most destructive way.

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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2009, 08:49:57 am »
Hopefully the traffic police will pay attention, and the public will notice, I'm even thinking of involving KFM and other radio stations if we need to.

I know we will not be educating the pedestrians anytime soon, but enough regular visibility will hopefully break the habit.
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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2009, 10:22:04 am »
I'm keeping an eye on this to see if anything comes of it, I ride the N7 daily and there are hordes of people crossing from Dunoon to Richwood. Faaarking dangerous, but there is no bridge or subway >:(

I would like to know how serious the city is about this kinda thing.
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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2009, 11:06:59 am »
See you on the freeway - have also had one to many close calls with them - 8.00 in the am - is that correct?
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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2009, 01:39:44 pm »
Yes, we'll be getting together from 08:00 on the N1 inbound. See the pic below for Gather spot.

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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2009, 09:40:53 am »
Yes, we'll be getting together from 08:00 on the N1 inbound. See the pic below for Gather spot.



Can this be done on the outbound in the afternoon too?

I use the N1 south heading home and often find the idiots just appearing out of the bushes - it's bad bad news.
 

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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2009, 09:46:51 am »

Can this be done on the outbound in the afternoon too?

I use the N1 south heading home and often find the idiots just appearing out of the bushes - it's bad bad news.

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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2009, 09:47:55 am »
Some feedback from this morning:

Two guys, SteveT and thys arrived just after 8, I was the last one to leave at 9. Thanks guys for the attendance, much appreciated.

I think we had quite a visual impact, as all the passers-by looked, some even stopped to enquire. Two traffic officers also stopped, one of which I met yesterday afternoon on the outbound side.

Some people even thought it was an accident, one tow truck stopped and another few drove past. Apparently there was an accident further on, don't know.

Some sad news:
Just before I left two pedstrians came past, an American couple that was robbed of their backpacks containing passports, etc. when using a taxi. They were walking to the American embassy in town. Unfortunately I could not give them a lift on the bike, if I had a car I would have taken them.
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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2009, 09:56:30 am »
Bad news on the tourists - bummer.

I have also created a thread on the BMW MCC forum in this regard .

http://bmwmotorcycleclubcape.co.za/pedestrians-n1#comment-23304

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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2009, 10:08:39 am »
Bad news on the tourists - bummer.

I have also created a thread on the BMW MCC forum in this regard .

http://bmwmotorcycleclubcape.co.za/pedestrians-n1#comment-23304

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Thanks Steve, much appreciated  :thumleft:
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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2009, 10:27:50 am »
I finish earning a living for the day at 4pm - where are we meeting and what time?
 

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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2009, 10:36:49 am »
I wont be there this afternoon - but I know Buzz was there on the up side just after 5 yesterday
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Re: Cape Town WD riding N1 to town and back every day
« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2009, 10:52:42 am »
I finish earning a living for the day at 4pm - where are we meeting and what time?

I'm normally on the outbound side, from 16:30 onwards. Don't know if I'll make it this afternoon, I feel a migraine coming on.

Obviously we wont all be able to make it every day, but if you go past there and you have time, stop and send the guys over the bridge. Any assistance is welcome at this stage.
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