A campaign warning cyclists not to undertake lorries has been launched in
Lambeth Council wants to raise awareness of the dangers posed to cyclists of undercutting lorries and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).
More and more people in Lambeth are taking up cycling and figures show that cycling is getting safer, with fewer people killed or injured than a decade ago, despite the increase in numbers.
However, more than half of all cycle deaths on
Cyclists are particularly in danger if they cycle on the inside of a lorry because of the poor visibility from the driver’s cab. The London Cycling Campaign has called for new EU rules to increase the number of mirrors for lorry drivers, but cyclists are being reminded they can protect themselves better by not putting themselves in the danger zone.
In December 2007 a cyclist was killed by a left turning lorry at the corner of Brixton Hill and
To highlight the risks posed to cyclists from HGVs, the council has organised two special Awareness Days.
Cyclists will be able to climb into the cab of lorry to see for themselves how a driver’s visibility is restricted, and how cyclists passing on the inside of a lorry can be ‘invisible’ to the driver.
Norma Fender, Lambeth Council’s road safety manager, said: “Cycling in
“Some cyclists don’t realise that they can be invisible to lorry drivers so the message we want to get across is that it is never safe to cycle on the inside of lorry or bus.
“Cycling is a great way to keep fit and do you bit for the environment but it’s important that people cycle safely and in a way that is considerate to other road users, including pedestrians. That’s why we recommend people enrol on one of our specially subsidised cycle confidence training courses, so they can learn vital road skills to keep them safe.”
In 2006, nine of the 19 cyclists who died on
Last month Transport for London handed out 10,000 special stick-on mirrors, designed to help lorry drivers spot cyclists.
The Fresnel mirrors, worth about £4 each, give an extra angle to a driver’s vision, reducing the number of blind spots. TfL is launching a TV ad highlighting the dangers that trucks pose to cyclists. It is also handing bicycle riders windup bicycle lights to make them more visible, while promoting free or subsidised adult cycle training.
The Lambeth awareness days will be taking place on April 22 in
Anyone who lives, works or studies in Lambeth is eligible to enroll on a subsidised cycle confidence training course. To book a one to one lesson telephone 0207 231 6005 or visit www.cycletraining.co.uk.
A programme about the dangers posed to cyclists by lorries was shown on ITV1 regional TV show The London Programme last month.