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Members of Trinidad s cycling community have
launched an organisation called Share The Road
T&T in tribute to former national cycling champion
and coach Clinton Grant who was killed on the
Audrey Jeffers Highway in March.
At a meeting attended by 150 cyclists and members
of the T&T Roadrunners Club at Hasely Crawford
Stadium, in Port-of-Spain, on May 28, board members
spoke passionately about the need to educate
motorists, encourage better road use from cyclists
and create a safe zone in Chaguaramas where people
can ride without fear of accidents.
Scott Fabres, a senior member of Team SR cycling
club, kicked off the meeting saying, "We re here
because we have a problem on our roads. At the
moment, you put on your cycling shoes, go out and
you could get knocked down. We want to get on the
road like everybody else and see some sort of law
and order in place."
Grant was 42 years old when he died. He had been
training a younger cyclist, Rosanna Abraham, when
they were hit by a vehicle which had drifted into the
Fabres and other members of the cycling com-
munity were at Grant s funeral.
"We shouldn t have had to attend his funeral,"
Fabres said. "Clinton was doing what he loved."
The situation, Fabres says, has reached crisis point.
"If we accept it, the chances are we will be going
to more funerals," he said, before repeating what the
priest at Grant s funeral had said---"change will not
come from those in authority but from all of us here
"If we wait for the Prime Minister, the Minister
of Transport and the Commissioner of Police it s not
going to happen," Fabres said. He revealed that the
group is working with the Chaguaramas Development
Authority to create a "safe zone," and that Minister
of Public Utilities Nizam Baksh had agreed to install
lighting at the circuit at Samaan Park Golf Club to
increase safety for night rides.
"We are preaching to the converted," Brian Ibrahim,
owner of Fitness Centre gyms and founder of Team
SR, told the meeting. "But how do we reach oth-
Problem: Arima resident Antar Baksh says he
has been living at The Crossings on Tumpuna
Road, which was marketed as an upscale gated
community by Home Construction Ltd (HCL),
Mr Baksh said homeowners pay $665 per month
to a subsidiary of HCL, called Santa Rosa West,
to manage and maintain the development.
He said, "About two months ago a leak developed
in the middle of my driveway. To the best of my
knowledge there were no underground water lines
leading to my house, as those previously there had
burst two years ago and new connections had to
be run to the entire house.
"During the time taken to find a contractor to
come and fix my problem, the leak gushed more
water and the tiles in my driveway started breaking.
Even the sand under the driveway had been erod-
ed."Mr Baksh said the line that was repaired was
"barely two feet below the surface."
"These problems are not unique to me as many
other homeowners still have and have experienced
the same problems."
Mr Baksh said he e-mailed Richard Le Blanc, as
well as Sally-Ann Grant, of Santa Rosa West Ltd,
informing them of the matter, and "to date, neither
of them has responded to me."
Mr Baksh said he wants to be compensated for
the money he spent repairing the leak, as "the
contractor cost me $2,000 and I estimate the re-
tiling work to be around $5,000."
Solution: The Guardian Angel contacted Ms Grant
about Mr Baksh s case and was told that Mr Le
Blanc is aware of the matter. Ms Grant said she
will be liaising with Mr Baksh and Mr Le Blanc
will address the situation as soon as possible.
Problem: Jason King said he has been searching
for an agent for Libby s Corned Beef to complain.
Mr King said, "While preparing a tin of corned
beef, a white, rubber-like, skin-like material was
found in the can.
"I kept it as proof as this was rather upsetting
to me. I can t determine what this rubber thing is
and I am asking for your assistance."
Solution: The distributor for Libby s Corn Beef
in T&T is Geddes Grant, at Lot 3, Macoya Industrial
Estate. The company s telephone contact is 645-
1519. Mr King s complaint was relayed to the com-
pany and he can expect to hear from a Geddes
"Word of mouth is the best way," he
said, before adding that he had gone
through some self-reflection following
Grant s death.
"I m starting with me," said Ibrahim.
"I no longer answer my phone when
driving and I don t text. We ve all done
it, don t lie. Start by changing your-
Sheldon Waithe, another Team SR
rider and Grant s best friend said they
would be campaigning to adapt the
driving test to include cyclist awareness
like in other countries.
There are several cycling clubs in
T&T. Knights rides round the Queen s
Park Savannah in large groups while
SR ridse in Chaguaramas. Both clubs
do longer weekend rides with between
25 and 50 riders.
"We don t feel safe at all," Waithe
told the T&T Guardian in a telephone
interview. "Most cyclists will tell you
every time they go out to ride there s
either an accident or a close call. In
smaller groups or solo you re at even
greater risk because you re a lot less
"We want to also look at ourselves
as a fraternity and encourage our mem-
bers to ride properly, we have to be
diplomatic about the situation," he said.
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Each week, the Guardian Angel column high-
lights complaints sent in by you, the consumer,
and provides solutions or directs you to the
Speaking about problems
encountered on the roads, he said: "We
have a road carnage problem generally
with speeding, lights being broken,
cars coming up one-way streets. For
cycling specifically the problem is two-
fold---motorists are not aware of
cyclists' rights to use the roads and
they're not aware of best practice
when they do encounter them on the
Waithe cited the "three-foot rule"
when overtaking as an example of the
kind of practice car drivers are
generally ignorant of.
He said there is also hostility from
drivers to cyclists, saying "in places like
London there has been awareness
"In countries like Italy, Belgium,
Holland these things are embedded in
their culture and they have laws to
back them up. If you hit a cyclist you
are presumed guilty until you can
prove yourself innocent."
Share The Road TT has been
founded as a registered company and
is in the process itself into committees.
It is urging all cyclists, runners and road
users to volunteer to help.
Even as you're encouraged to take the
appropriate routes for addressing your complaints,
the Guardian Angel is here to assist you. You can
send the Guardian Angel an e-mail about your
problem and what steps you took to deal with the
The Guardian Angel looks forward to hearing
from you and bringing some relief to your problems.
E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your name, address and telephone
number as we'll need them to follow up with you.
A cyclist rides against the traffic along Wrightson Road, Port-of Spain, as he made his way to Independence Square, Port-of-Spain on
Friday. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Cyclists want safe zone on road
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