Can motor insurance companies/professional drivers help with cycle safety?
I assume drivers with enhanced training, such as those who have an Institute of Advanced Motorists certificate get cheaper insurance primiums. Perhaps drivers of various kinds of vehicles could be given incentives to get Bikeability test. From what I understand, drivers who know how to handle themselves on a bycycle have a deeper knowledge of road dynamics and tend to be safer. The insurance company will benifit from less accident claims, we will have less casualties and there will be more empathetic drivers on the road. Given the driver to cyclist 'to blame' ratio, there is a bottom line argument to be made. Who knows, once drivers discover the pleasures of riding, they may make fewer journeys in their vehicles. To my mind, the most important group to get this form of education are professional drivers. If a company trained their employees and presented the case to the insurer, it would make for a powerful arugment to save money all round. If insurance companys don't fancy the idea, I still think it is worthwhile to lobby HGV companys and one man opperators to get tested, as a single incedent of any kind would be cheaper than Bikability (I got my course for free). What do you think?