HGVs in the press

Take care around HGVs Credit: Adrian Lewis

A proposal by Ben Webster in The Times that “women cyclists ‘risk death’ by obeying traffic lights” is speculation based on an unpublished Transport for London report, says LCC.

Urgent action is required by TfL to reduce the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed by HGVs and to discover why there are more women victims in HGV-related fatalities. There needs to be effective enforcement against HGV drivers who fail to look out for cyclists and pedestrians.

With over 400,000 trips made by bike daily in London, cycling is a quick, safe and convenient way of getting around the city. LCC encourages cyclists to take care and not to put themselves in positions of unnecessary danger. This does not mean putting themselves in other potentially dangerous situations by jumping red lights.

Lorries turning left are the most dangerous hazard to cyclists. Riders should remember:

• Never edge forward alongside a long vehicle, even if there is a cycle lane, as you may be trapped when it turns leaving you no escape route.

• Keep well behind a lorry in front, and position yourself so that you can be seen in its side mirrors. It is particularly easy for your presence to go unnoticed at busy junctions and gyratory systems.

• Large lorries may move to the right before they unexpectedly turn left at a junction.

While the number of collisions between lorries and cyclists is small, urgent action is required to ensure more careful driving, and a requirement to fit effective mirrors on all lorries.

LCC, along with national cycling organisations and Roadpeace, the charity for road crash victims, is currently lobbying the Government and local authorities to take immediate steps to reduce the danger of HGVs to pedestrians, cyclists and bikers, such as

• Enforcing the law against careless and negligent driving

• Improving the level of training for all HGV drivers

• Introducing life-saving mirrors on all lorries as has been done in Denmark,  Belgium and the Netherlands

• Excluding the most dangerous HGVs from busy city roads

• Increasing in the number of freight consolidation centres where large lorries can transfer goods to fewer vehicles for delivery in urban areas.

We strongly encourage cycle training, which can make a real difference in helping cyclists and would-be cyclists to avoid collisions in the first place, by positioning themselves on the road where they can clearly see and be seen. Cycle training is available at subsidised or no cost for people who live, work or study in the majority of London boroughs.

Take care around HGVs Credit: Adrian Lewis

A proposal by Ben Webster in The Times that “women cyclists ‘risk death’ by obeying traffic lights” is speculation based on an unpublished Transport for London report, says LCC.

Urgent action is required by TfL to reduce the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed by HGVs and to discover why there are more women victims in HGV-related fatalities. There needs to be effective enforcement against HGV drivers who fail to look out for cyclists and pedestrians.

With over 400,000 trips made by bike daily in London, cycling is a quick, safe and convenient way of getting around the city. LCC encourages cyclists to take care and not to put themselves in positions of unnecessary danger. This does not mean putting themselves in other potentially dangerous situations by jumping red lights.

Lorries turning left are the most dangerous hazard to cyclists. Riders should remember:

• Never edge forward alongside a long vehicle, even if there is a cycle lane, as you may be trapped when it turns leaving you no escape route.

• Keep well behind a lorry in front, and position yourself so that you can be seen in its side mirrors. It is particularly easy for your presence to go unnoticed at busy junctions and gyratory systems.

• Large lorries may move to the right before they unexpectedly turn left at a junction.

While the number of collisions between lorries and cyclists is small, urgent action is required to ensure more careful driving, and a requirement to fit effective mirrors on all lorries.

LCC, along with national cycling organisations and Roadpeace, the charity for road crash victims, is currently lobbying the Government and local authorities to take immediate steps to reduce the danger of HGVs to pedestrians, cyclists and bikers, such as

• Enforcing the law against careless and negligent driving

• Improving the level of training for all HGV drivers

• Introducing life-saving mirrors on all lorries as has been done in Denmark,  Belgium and the Netherlands

• Excluding the most dangerous HGVs from busy city roads

• Increasing in the number of freight consolidation centres where large lorries can transfer goods to fewer vehicles for delivery in urban areas.

We strongly encourage cycle training, which can make a real difference in helping cyclists and would-be cyclists to avoid collisions in the first place, by positioning themselves on the road where they can clearly see and be seen. Cycle training is available at subsidised or no cost for people who live, work or study in the majority of London boroughs.

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