TRAFFIC jams are the curse of adult life – at least Isaac Nkosi from Orlando West Soweto thought so, which is why he bought a scooter.
“I don’t need to get up early to beat traffic anymore. I leave home when I want to,” said Nkosi, who rides a Gomoto 125cc.
Q: When did you buy your wheels?
A: I bought it about six years ago. It’s my first and only ride.
Q: Is anyone else allowed to ride it?
A: Not at all. I’m the one and only rider of my bike.
Q: Have you taken her on a long distance trip yet?
A: No. I bought my scooter to travel to work daily.
Q: Is she your dream bike?
A: No, my dream bike is a Yamaha XS 650cc. It’s much more powerful.
Q: How often do you ride?
A: About four times a week.
Q: How often do you get traffic fines?
A: I don’t get traffic fines. I’m a very cautious rider.
Q: Do you have a rider’s licence?
A: Not yet. I’m still using my learner’s licence.
Q: Tell us about your outfit?
A: It’s one of the most important things for a biker because it protects you. Currently, I have a helmet, leather jacket to protect myself from injuries if I fall – especially my elbows.
Q: Do you belong to a bike club?
A: No, I’m still a solo rider.
Q: What do you think of other Mzansi road users?
A: They are not the same. Taxi drivers are considerate while car owners are reluctant to share the road with riders. When taxi drivers see riders coming, they make way for them. Drivers don’t.
I think it’s about time that motorists stopped driving like bikers do not exist and considered us as road users as like them.