Cycle safety awareness training for bus drivers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2011
Reference: 
2011/3811
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I regularly receive reports of unsafe driving by bus drivers putting cyclists at risk. Following calls to improve cycle safety through the training of HGV drivers, what steps are you taking to improve cycle safety awareness by giving enhanced training to bus drivers?

Answer

Answer for Cycle safety awareness training for bus drivers

Answer for Cycle safety awareness training for bus drivers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written answer provided on 22 December 2011:

Bus drivers are professionally qualified and trained. Safety awareness forms an essential part of this training.  TfL and the bus operators give the highest priority to safety and any complaints should be forwarded to them.

To increase awareness further, TfL has taken Barclays Cycle Hire cycles to garages with routes in the hire scheme's area or near superhighways, enabling special sessions for bus drivers to take place. Additionally, publicity campaigns regarding cycling and cycling safety are deployed at bus garages and in bus company staff magazines.

Please forward any reports you have received to TfL, who will investigate with the relevant operator.