Cyclists and Lorries

MQT on 2007-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2007
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What plans do TfL have to reduce the threat to London's cyclists from lorries? As you may know, more than half of all cyclists killed in London in the 12 months to June 2006 were killed by collisions with Heavy Goods Vehicles/Large Goods Vehicles (9 of a total of 17). In the 7 year period Jan 1999 ' November 2005, 60 London cyclists were killed by HGVs/lorries. Although cyclist fatalities in London are falling (from around 22 a year to less than 20), the numbers killed by lorries is going up. With the likely increase of construction traffic associated with the 2012 Olympics project, are there measures planned to reduce this risk to lives?


Answer for Cyclists and Lorries

Answer for Cyclists and Lorries

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL's Cycling Centre of Excellence is coordinating work with the police, freight and cycling interests to reduce the risks of cycling-HGV collisions through training and information.

An event was held on 25/26 June 2007 during which cyclists had an opportunity to sit in a driver's cab and experience first hand the driver's blind spots. Further 'see it from the other side' events and training sessions are planned .

In addition, TfL is:

· Developing the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme, aimed at encouraging the adoption of safe practices and improved driver standards · Fully funding the Metropolitan Police Service Commercial Vehicle Education Unit which has prohibition powers delegated by the Health & Safety Executive addressing the management of occupational road risk and dangerous road behaviour · Developing the NVQ2 London Freight Booster training aimed at up-skilling the freight industry and driving standards, including use of the driver training video shot at the event held on 25/26 June in the Safe and Considerate Driving module. To be delivered by the Learning & Skills Council through the `Train to Gain' initiative · Delivering occupational road risk policy workshops to the freight industry. Topics include policy development and vulnerable road users · Introducing the London Cycle Network Plus and other safety remedial schemes · Researching and publishing best practice in planning and design in the London Cycling Design Standards · Providing extensive information about the 4,000km of `safer routes' · Providing funding for cycle training for children and adults