11 OCTOBER 2014

On Saturday, 11 October 2014, residents in and around Johannesburg will be forgiven for mistaking the rumblings of what has become known as “rolling-thunder”, for a Highveld storm. In this case, these rumblings will emanate from the engines of hundreds of motorcycles – most of which will be coming from the Harley Davidson stable as they proceed in convoy along a route of about 160 km in distance. The riders will start their 2 hour ride near the Rivonia Toyota dealership on Witkoppen Road and proceed onto the highway towards Roodepoort, Soweto, Alberton, Midrand, Krugersdorp and onto their end venue at Hoerskool Florida, Roodepoort.

October is transport month and the organizers of Iron Horse Road Safety Carnival 2014 are using this occasion to raise the public’s awareness of the importance of road safety. Darrell Strydom, convener of the event and spokesperson for Africa Road Events – the organisers said, “Road carnage and consequential loss of lives and damage to property which is the result of motor vehicle accidents in South Africa and around the world, must be reduced. Road Safety is everyone’s business as it affects all of us. South Africa’s fatality rates from motor vehicle accidents are of the highest in the world and we can no longer treat this scourge as business as usual”.

Strydom, also a former councillor in the City of Johannesburg, said that the organizers have managed in a relatively short space of time to arrange an event which will be “spectacle to behold” and which has succeeded in bringing major players together from all walks of life in support of their mission to raise the public’s awareness of road safety. Participants include the Harley Davidson Owners Group (Clearwater Chapter) and associated chapters, the Sopranos Bikers Club, Netcare 911, Think Bike, Kaizer Chiefs, Miss South Africa 2010, Dunmar Protection and Security, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department and many more. A number of celebrities will be attending this event and participating in the motorcycle ride.

On 10 May 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period 2011–2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety, with a goal to stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world by increasing activities conducted at the national, regional and global levels.

The organizers are arranging this event in support of the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety initiative and plan to host this event on an annual basis.

For more information on this event, see

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Date issued: 10 October 2014