Risk taking survey for London cyclists aims to reduce HGV danger

Another HGV Credit: Charlie Lloyd

photo Charlie Lloyd An online survey aims to look at cyclist behaviour around heavy good vehicles 

An online survey prepared by a police researcher aims to improve understanding of how cyclists assess risk when cycling around lorries.

The results could help LCC direct the Mayor's Cycle Safety Action Plan towards reducing the danger and risks to cyclists  in London.

Please visit the survey at:


The research is being carried out by a serving police officer, Detective Inspector Andy Rose of the Metropolitan Police Collision Investigation Unit, who's studying at London Southbank University.

Rose said, "I'm looking to explore specific data with regards to cyclists and Large Goods Vehicles, although the data I obtain will provide broader information as well."

The survey is only open until 6 April 2010, so please tell every cyclist you know to take part, even if they are occasional cyclists.

Rose said, "My target audience is, obviously, cyclists, but I do not want to be too specific about the groups of people I am interested in because people might self-exclude themselves, and I do not want that to happen."

NOTE Unfortunately, there is a glitch in the survey software. If you don't have a licence, indicate this in Q2 as normal, but then please fill in 'car' as your vehicle in Q3 to validate the survey, even though you don't drive. 

In these instances, the researchers have assured LCC that they will disregard Q3, and record you as a non-driver.


This survey is a start. Cyclists need to helped more. Our roads are so dangerous. The flashing sign in Cable Street THINK BIKE should be a common sign in all our streets, that lorry drivers and other drivers cannot miss. They should always be reminded to THINK BIKE. I hope this survey will help carry through that thought - THINK BIKE.
Deva Palmier

I agree the questions are to simple. The honest answer to cycling position is where I can be seen and if neccessary control the road.
Jamie Crick

I didn't bother to finish or submit the survey. There are far too many considerations that it does not cover; how many lanes, whether there is an advanced stop line ahead, whether there are pedestrian barriers, how many lanes in the road, etc
John Franks

The survey appears to be too simplistic. I could have answered every answer to each question depending on: provision of cycle lane/ASL, traffic flow, timing of lights, weather, lories condition, size of road, time of day/night, parked vehicles etc. Just one variable: whether the lorry is indicating or not isn't sufficient to make an educated decision. In fact I answered what I usually do given my 'usual' traffic conditions in central london, which may result in me on 'paper' taking more risks than I think I do.
Steve Knattress

Steve is right: not enough account taken of the variables. One thing not taken account of is how many cyclists, like me, position themselves slightly ahead of the lorry and look round to make sure driver is aware of my presence. Also, too much trust is assumed about the left signal. If you believed every signal you saw you would not last very long.

@Andrew When I filled in the survey I took into account the fact that signals could be false. Is it not possible to factor this real-world situation into the way you interpret the responses? I think so... But I agree, there was no mention of forward positioning: good or bad can make the difference to a life.