PROMOTING SAFETY: Njisane Phillip

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Njisane: Cyclists not respected on roads

By Innis Francis innis.francis@trinidadexpress.com

Olympic cyclist Njisane Phillip is asking for a park to promote cycling as a sport in this country.

The Siparia-based rider said cyclists are hardly respected on the roads and if a designated area to ride is established, there will be great benefits.

Phillip recently concluded a three-day cycling festival at Arima and Skinner Park, San Fernando.

The festival was a fund-raiser geared towards Phillip’s attempt at the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Phillip said: “I don’t think anything can be done to improve  respect for cyclists. Cycling is not pushed in Trinidad and Tobago as is done in other countries. It is not a form of transport or business like other countries. It is very hard for drivers to respect cyclists when we (citizens) are always late or rushing and speeding around.”

With cycling, he said: “We need a park, a two-mile park similar to Central Park, New York or Prospect Park in Brooklyn for riders. Not on the road. The country is developing, but not fast enough for cars on the road, far less cycling. There is not enough road to support the cars and it will be a long while before the county can support cyclists on the road,” Phillip said.

Last week a group of cyclists were riding along Santa Cruz Valley to Maracas Bay accompanied by motorcycle police officers,  when some were forced off the roads by drivers.

Four weeks ago former national cyclist Clinton Grant died after being knocked down on the Foreshore, Audrey Jeffers Highway.

A protest ride was staged during the recently concluded Southern Games Fun and Health ride from Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, as a platform to promote cycling safety on the nation’s roads.

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