Over 120 cyclists staged a ride on Sunday to create awareness on safety of cyclists in the resort city.
Let by Critical Mass Mombasa, an Organisation advocating for safer roads the cyclists condemned what they termed reckless driving that caused the death of their own Caleb ‘Belac’ Omwoyo.
Mr. Omwoyo, 22 was killed by Kenya Moja Bus on Wednesday, September, 16 in Nairobi.
According to police the bus driven at high speed overtook Caleb and made an emergency stop to pick passengers a situation that forced Belac to ram into the rear part of the bus, serious injuring his head.
He died on the spot causing major uproar from cyclists across the country over unsafe roads.
“Belac, as popularly known was an upcoming star in the cycling fraternity only for his dreams to be cut short by some careless driving,” noted Adil Salim one of the organisers from Critical Mass Mombasa.
The cyclists paid tribute to the well know cyclist with condolences messages pouring through all major social media platforms.
[Cyclists traversing Mombasa streets on Sunday. Photo/courtesy].
Rides were organised in all major counties including, Nairobi, Mombasa, Machakos, Kilifi, Nakuru, Kakamega, Uasin Gishu, Eldoret among others.
The ride started at Treasury Square through the central business district.
They cladded in messages that read ‘Respect me I am someone’s Brother/Sister/Father etc’ , they made their way to the famous Elephant tusks along Moi Avenue.
Throughout the ride, they chanted ‘Ride for Caleb’ and ‘All we want is to share the roads’
Since its inception, critical mass Mombasa has been advocating for safer roads and infrastructure for cyclists in Mombasa County.
[Cyclists during safety awareness campaign in Mombasa on Sunday. Photo/Courtesy].
Mr. Salim urged the National and County Government to dedicate cycling lanes for cyclists and urged other motorists and road users to protect them when riding.
Over 30 cyclists who will cycle from Nairobi to Mombasa in just two days will land in the tourist resort city next weekend to create awareness on safer roads.
“There is need to co-exist and safely share the roads between cyclists and motorists,” said Salim.