Cyclists are victims of abuse by other road users.

Tapiwa Mufukwa |  3 months ago | local

Cyclists in Harare say they have become victims of abuse by motorists who do not accord them due respect and often expose them to danger.

In interviews with Capitalk 100.4 FM, cyclists expressed their fury over what they experience daily on the road and said it has become difficult for them to feel safe whenever they travel.

"Motorists do not respect us as cyclists on the road. They even come to our side of the road, forcing us to move away from the carriageway line. These motorists are stubborn, "said one cyclist.

However, in their defense, motorists said cyclists are the trouble-makers as they do not know some of the road rules, which makes them vulnerable. They added that cyclists should have their own cycle tracks constructed and the existing ones repaired as they are in a dilapidated state.

Mr. Sam Nyaude, Executive Director at Road Safe Zimbabwe Trust, said his organization is worried about the safety of cyclists as important road users, and he urged motorists to respect those on bicycles as well as pedestrians, as they are all eligible road users.

He said there is a need for enforcement of laws and strict penalties must be meted out on drivers who break road rules, thereby undermining other road users' safety.

Responding to the issue of cycle tracks, Harare City Council spokesperson, Mr. Michael Chideme said the municipality, with support from the government, is in the process of repairing roads as well as cycle tracks, promising that progress would be seen soon.