Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 24th 2014 Contents SHEREEN ALI
"I have committed to lobbying for
the cyclists, that we will have cycling
zones. However we do it, whether it s
by the Savannah, or in Diego Martin,
or in Arima, or San Juan... we will
finally have cycling zones working in
conjunction with the regular road sys-
tem," said Transport Minister Stephen
Cadiz at yesterday s Remember Me---
Walk and Ride event at the Queen s
Starting at 7.20 am in the Savannah,
the event marked the World Day of
Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
Rainy skies did not deter cyclists, walk-
ers and parents with babies in strollers
from participating by riding or walking
around the Savannah.
A sombre black hearse (courtesy
Clarke and Battoo funeral home) parked
near the event s entrance was a visual
reminder of the finality of road deaths.
The silent hearse sported a big yellow
sign on its back: "Arrive Alive---or else,"
which contrasted with the cheerful
rainbow of colours of surrounding
Minister Cadiz participated in the
walk and gave the closing keynote
address. He suggested cycling zones
might be developed on a fixed-timed
basis (eg, cyclists using the Savannah
at fixed time periods in the early morn-
ings or evenings); and asked the cycling
fraternity to make recommendations.
Talking on general challenges of road
use, Cadiz noted there were 137 fatalities
this year so far. He said individuals
needed to take more responsibility on
"And if people cannot understand
what their responsibilities are on the
road, then we have to have the laws
and the policing come together to
ensure that if you can t hear, you will
definitely be feeling," he said.
Minister Cadiz referred to the new
Motor Vehicle Act which he hoped
would be laid before Parliament before
the Christmas break. He said the new
act promises "real changes...in the way
we will manage our road system, (and)
the way we will manage driving. And
we re not only talking about driving
under the influence; we re talking about
a whole host of other things that we
will be bringing to the Parliament."
Sheldon Waithe spoke on behalf of
cyclists and reminded people of this
year s deaths of cyclists Clinton Grant
and Roger Smart in "senseless acci-
dents." Both were national cyclists and
coaches, he said. Grant was killed by
a motorist in March on the Audrey Jef-
fers highway while training on the
shoulder of the road; the driver hit him
from behind on a bright Saturday
Five weeks later, Smart was killed in
a car crash on Ariapita Road. The deaths
triggered cyclists to form the group
Share the Road TT.
Waithe said existing laws already
reflect the need for shared users of
roads, and that education and enforce-
ment are needed.
Monday, November 24, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
More than 30 fishermen were unable to access
their boats and nets over the weekend after heavy
rainfall caused a series of landslips along the Morne
Diablo Main Road.
Up to late yesterday, crews from the Penal/Debe
Regional Corporation were busy trying to build an
alternative access route along the teak fields.
Fisherman Andy Mohan said Morne Diablo Main
Road is the way in and out of the fishing village. He
said on Friday night, heavy rains caused the road to
slip in three places, toppling electrical lines and
poles. A gaping hole developed along the roadway
as several teak trees leaned along the 50-foot
"We could not work for three days because there
was no access to the beach. We called the regional
corporation and we are happy that they are trying
to repair the landslips," Mohan said, pointing to the
collapsed road as an excavator continued to level a
muddy passage to allow vehicular access.
Another fisherman, Andy Bissessar, said while
some people went to sea yesterday fish vendors could
not access the beach with their trucks.
"We still losing money because we have nobody
to buy our catch. We hoping that this road could
be repaired properly as soon as possible so the vendors
could come in," Bissessar said.
Kyle Mohammed, who lives in the area, said the
heavy machinery using the road could have con-
tributed to the collapse,
"When they are cutting down teak, a lot of heavy
trucks come in here. They need to rehabilitate this
entire road and set up restrictions for heavy vehicles,"
Fisherman Larry Ramnarine said the Mon Diablo
fishermen needed to get their lives back to normal.
He called on the minister to repair the road as soon
After heavy rain...
A section of the Mon Diablo Road which collapsed yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
• Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional
Corporation Premchand Sookoo said he received
a call from councillor Diptee Ramnath on
Saturday about the landslips.
He said he despatched a backhoe to clear the
rubble. Sookoo said he will contact the Ministry
of Works Highways Division today to make
representation for road repairs
Relatives of accident victim Rachael Kristina Watson participate in the
Remember Me Walk, Ride and Run in commemoration of World Day of
Remembrance for road traffic victims at Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain,
yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Cadiz to lobby for
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