London cyclists warned to STAY BACK behind dangerous lorries
A short, sharp message from Transport for London headlines their latest PR campaign warning about the danger of HGV lorries.
Thousands of handlebar leaflets are being put on bikes all over London and there will be posters re-enforcing the message.
The posters give a very quick warning to all cyclists. Beware of all lorries, staying behind is the safest option.
Being hit by a large lorry is thankfully rare but always serious and more likely to be fatal than any other crash. If there is a junction nearby, don't try to overtake as lorries turn quickly, cutting across your path.
TfL's website gives more safety tips:
Cycle sensibly and assertively to help yourself stay safe, especially at traffic lights and junctions.
- Recognise that lorry drivers may not be able to see you
- Never cycle up the left side of a lorry stopped at a junction
- Look out for lorries turning left from beside or behind you
- Don't stop too close to the front of a stopped lorry and stay away from the lorry's front near side. If a lorry comes up behind you, move forward enough to ensure you are in the driver's field of vision
- Take up a visible position at lights or advanced stop lines: three metres out in front and not by the left kerb or very close to the lorry
- Behind a lorry is often the safest place to be. When you need to overtake a large lorry, do so on the right-hand side, so that the driver can see you
TfL links to London Cycling Campaign's advice for staying out of the lorry risk zone.
Lorry drivers also targeted
Transport for London is keen to point out that it is also targeting lorry drivers.
There are press campaigns in the truckers' magazines, as well as a webpage for drivers.
They will be putting on information events at channel ports and lorry service areas, aimed at drivers heading for London.
About half the lorries on London's roads come from outside London, many of them from overseas.
TfL's FORS freight team are promoting training for drivers, getting them out on bikes to experience the risks cyclists face every day.
Men under 35 at risk
Extra effort is being put in to reach cyclists who feel overconfident, the 'assertive risk-takers' because these cyclists are more often victims than cautious new cyclists.
Most commonly they are men under 35, and TfL will be placing ads in magazines they read.