Campaign

Action on lorries

Introduction

Lorries pose a serious risk to cyclists in urban areas

Latest campaign: 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, has written 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. We have also set up an online letter writing campaigning so that our supporters can email the Mayor of London directly.

What can you do?

Please email the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, urging him to act now to stop the danger that lorries pose to cyclists and pedestrians in the capital. What happens in the capital influences other British cities, so even if you don’t live or cycle in London, please join our campaign.

To keep up to date with CTC’s campaigning on lorries and other issues, subscribe to our monthly, online Cycle Campaign News.

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 pose a serious risk to cyclists
Euro Parliament votes for safer lorry designs News
The European Parliament voted today (April 15) to change the regulations for the design of lorry cabs to make lorries safer and more fuel efficient, a move which could potentially save hundreds of lives a year.
The offending sticker on the back of a bus
Cycling and safety groups object to TfL sticker on vans and buses News
CTC has joined the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) and other cycling and road safety groups in calling on Transport for London (TfL) to halt the use by van, taxi and bus operators of a warning sticker telling cyclists to 'Stay Back'.
All lorries will be forced to have sideguards and extra mirrors
London bans lorries without safety equipment News
The Mayor of London and London Councils have agreed jointly to ban large vehicles from London's roads if they fail to meet high standards for cycle safety equipment. CTC welcomes this step forward, but says there are better longer-term solutions for cycle safety that should be investigated too.
Cyclist wait at junction
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