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Cyclists should be aware around HGVs

By: Deborah Bates
14 March 2011

The responsibility of remaining safe on the roads lies with cyclists as well as their automotive counterparts, according to the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM).

The IAM made the claim in response to the new laws proposed in Europe, which were designed to improve the safety of HGVs and other lorries.

Duncan Pickering, the IAM's cycling development manager, told BikeBiz.com how the responsibility of keeping safe on the roads lay not just with motorists and heavy vehicles' drivers, but also with the cyclists themselves.

The expert claimed: "While any move to improve the safety of cyclists on our roads is a good thing, it is important that we don't forget that cyclists also have a big part to play in their own safety."

It may also be that haulage companies could work in partnership with cyclists to make the roads safe for everyone, by investing in advanced driver or logistics training for its employees.

This could be particularly pertinent as Pickering added: "Prevention is better than cure," on Rsct.org.uk.

He went on to conclude by offering some words of advice for British cyclists, such as: "Cyclists should never pull up on the nearside of larger vehicles such as HGVs, especially when the larger vehicle is likely to turn left."

Pickering also said that the IAM suggested cyclists remain at least one metre away from the pavement; as this would help them appear more visible to drivers, and help them more effectively avoid potholes or drain covers.

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