Campaign

Action on lorries

Introduction

Lorries pose a serious risk to cyclists in urban areas

Lorries in London

In November 2013, six cyclists died on London’s streets in just two weeks. Large vehicles were involved in all of these deaths, and three of these were lorries (the other three were buses). Three pedestrians also died during this time, one in an incident with a lorry, two in an incident with a bus.

CTC’s Chief Executive, Gordon Seabright, wrote to the Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, calling on him to interview the leaders of the haulage industry whenever a lorry is involved in a cyclist fatality.

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See also our summary of CTC's ongoing and past lorry campaigning


Facts:

- Goods vehicles (excluding light vans) make up only 5% of traffic in Great Britain (GB), but are on average involved in about 18% of cyclists’ road deaths per year. In 2012, goods vehicles were involved in 15% of GB pedestrian fatalities, so they pose a serious threat to them too.

- In London, large goods vehicles were involved in 5 of the 14 cyclists’ fatalities in 2012 and, by November 2013, they had been involved in 9 of the 14 deaths in the capital in that year.

- For cyclists, collisions with lorries are far more likely to prove fatal than collisions with cars: in 2012, the cyclist was killed in nearly 25% of serious injury cyclists/goods vehicle collisions; this figure was just over 2% for cyclists/cars. Equally, lorries were involved in just 1.5% of slight injuries to cyclists, but 19% of cyclists’ fatalities. 

Ways to reduce the risks include:

- Re-designing and re-building major roads and junctions to high standards of cycle-friendliness, rather than sacrificing pedestrians' and cyclists' safety in order to maximise motor traffic flows;

- Insisting that lorries meet high cycle-friendly and pedestrian-friendly design standards; (e.g. more transparent cab and lower driving position);

- Keeping lorries off the busiest roads at the busiest times;

- Routing and distribution strategies that minimise conflict;

- Maintaining and enforcing safe driving and vehicle standards;

- Training and information for both cyclists and goods vehicle drivers;

Our campaigns briefing on goods vehicles explains all the above in more detail.

Recent Campaign Activity

Lorries are involved in 18% of cyclists' deaths per year in Great Britain
Lorry driver sentenced but spotlight needed on operators Blog
If ever there was a case that demonstrated the need to impose immediate interim driving bans on drivers that kill cyclists, this is it. CTC's Road Safety Campaigner Rhia Weston examines the evidence.
The offending sticker on the back of a bus
Say goodbye to ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers News
After months of letters sent back and forth between cycling organisations and Transport for London (TfL), a positive meeting was held this week to discuss how to improve the notorious and omnipresent ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers.
Renault truck with large side windows
EU ministers confirm eight year delay on safer lorry designs News
EU ministers approve eight year delay on introducing HGV safety measures that could save hundreds of lives every year.
18 cyclists die a year in the UK in lorry crashes
Eight year wait for safer lorry cabs News
Representatives of EU Member States have agreed to delay the introduction of safer lorry cabins for eight years.

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