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LISTEN | Cyclists fight their plight in wake of Alex Otto’s taxi crash death

The Joburg cycling community marks tragedies with a memorial ride and a silent protest outside court

Senior journalist

Heartbreak is uniting the Johannesburg cycling community, with cyclists preparing to gather on Thursday morning to mark two tragic events.

From 5am there will be a memorial ride for popular cyclist Alex Otto, who died on Sunday when he and his training partner were hit by a speeding taxi. Otto was pulled under the taxi and dragged for 290m. Hydraulic rescue equipment had to be used to extricate his mangled body from under the wreck.

Then, at 7am, there will be a silent protest at the Kempton Park magistrate’s court ahead of the trial of the taxi driver who mowed down Frans Duys and Janine Hopkins. The two were out on an early Saturday morning ride when they were hit on their tandem bike by a taxi that ran a red robot on November 30 2019...

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