TfL launches cycle safety campaign with call for HGV driver training
By: William Hobson
26 October 2010
Transport for London (TfL) has called for HGV driver training to stress the dangers posed to cyclists by large vehicles such as lorries or trucks, as it launches its autumn cycle safety campaign this week.
As reported by cycling website Road, TfL has termed cycle safety in the city's capital an issue of "serious concern" despite a rise in bike journeys being accompanied by ongoing falls in the number of serious and fatal accidents involving cyclists in London.
In particular TfL has focused upon the potential dangers of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) following three separate fatal collisions occurring earlier this year within weeks of one another.
TfL says that around half of all fatal accidents among cyclists in London involve HGVs. Since January 2009, 13 of the 23 cyclist deaths on roads in the London area have been attributed to collisions with lorries.
Because of this TfL and the Lord Mayor's office have launched the "Safer London Driving" cycle awareness driver training scheme, which will reportedly form part of HGV driver CPC training. This will be accompanied by a widespread advertising campaign aiming to inform cyclists on the dangers of undertaking lorries at junctions due to the vehicle's greater blind spots.
"Our new awareness campaign makes it clear that cycling in a lorry's blind spot can have fatal consequences," said Ben Plowden, TfL's Director of Better Routes and Places. "We hope that the introduction of the new Safer London Driving training of lorry drivers, which increases cycle awareness, will also help to remind HGV drivers of the road issues cyclists face."
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