Transport for London (TfL) have produced a new safety training film for cyclists and lorry drivers in a bid to reduce the number of bike riders killed and seriously injured in the British capital.
The five-minute film, called Cyclists and freight: Sharing the roads together, can be watched online at www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling. Filmed from both cyclists' and drivers' points of view, it outlines a series of golden rules:
- Drivers of left-turning goods vehicles must keep checking their left mirror for cyclists;
- Cyclists should remember that if they can’t see a vehicle’s mirrors, they probably can’t be seen by the driver;
- Cyclists should avoid undertaking lorries, even at traffic lights, unless the lights have only just turned red;
- Cyclists should ensure they position themselves far enough ahead of goods vehicles in stopped traffic that the drivers can see them.
Last year nine London cyclists died in accidents involving HGVs. Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “I want Londoners to feel excited about our cycle revolution and to feel 100 percent confident about getting on their bikes. It is crucial that lorry drivers and cyclists look out for one another on our streets and behave in a way that keeps them safe. I urge drivers and cyclists to watch this short film and would encourage everyone to give cycle training a go.”
Gordon Telling, head of policy at the Freight Transport Association, said: “With increasing numbers of deliveries and other freight journeys being made each day the need for courteous, considerate and safe behaviour from all road users is greater than ever. I strongly recommend that all users, especially cyclists and commercial drivers, take the few minutes to watch this film and make sure that they share the road and don’t become victims of a tragic collision.”
Londoners of all ages are also being encouraged to sign up for TfL-funded cycle training through their borough council. The training sessions, which are free in many boroughs, are individually tailored to each person’s needs, and teach them how to deal with a range of traffic conditions – including how to behave around lorries. Last year nearly 6,000 adults and more than 39,000 children took part.
In addition, the Mayor of London’s Share the Road group is launching a new poster campaign tomorrow (Friday 17 July), calling for Londoners to look out for each other when driving, cycling or walking on the capital’s streets.
Ben Plowden, director of integratedp rogrammes at TfL, said: “The number of adults being cycle trained in London in the past two years has nearly doubled, but a lot of people aren’t aware that they can get free, or very low cost, TfL-funded cycle training through their local council. Cycle training is something that can help all of us, from complete beginner to seasoned commuter, navigate London’s roads with greater confidence and increased awareness.”