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Driver training aimed at cutting urban collisions

By: Paul Smithson
09 November 2011

Officials hope that driver training sessions will reduce the number of urban collisions between HGVs and cyclists, reports Bike Biz.

Trevor Parsons, Hackney coordinator for the London Cycling Campaign, pointed out that large vehicles from the construction sector and other industries are involved in a significant number of accidents involving bikes.

He labelled the attitude of the London Borough of Hackney's Road Safety Team "inspiring" for launching a course to combat this issue, claiming that it is a great way to respond to the increasing popularity of cycling in the area and the ensuing accidents that have taken place.

"We are delighted that hundreds of drivers will be getting practical experience of cycling in the coming years, and we hope that this will build a culture of mutual understanding and risk reduction on our streets," said Mr Parsons.

London has generally become a more welcoming place for cyclists, following the launch of the 'Boris bike' rental scheme and many miles of new cycle lanes, but the challenge of integrating two-wheeled travellers with conventional motorists has not been without its problems.

The Islington Gazette reported that London Mayor Boris Johnson has been invited to cycle along the notoriously challenging Kings Cross gyratory with Green Party mayoral candidate Jenny Jones.

A spokesperson for Mr Johnson did not respond to the invite, but claimed plans are in motion to improve safety at the junction by early next year.

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