I sincerely hope that the government takes measures to include legislation that will protect sports and tourism cyclists, a growing sector in Rwanda.
As a professional bicycle tourism guide, I spend a lot of my time protecting my cycling clients from inconsiderate driving especially (and in order) by taxi-motos, bus services, car drivers, 4x4 drivers and truck drivers. It seems to me that the biggest problem is a general lack of respect for others, especially from the wealthier road users.
The second problem is a lack of basic safety training for road users. For example, by leaving a car-door’s width of space whilst overtaking would drastically reduce the number of accidents and general road stress between users.
Tofield Tomunyonzi, Rwanda
Reaction to the story, “Police to order public buses to fit speed governors” (The New Times, July 24)