Good job it's not being done in isolation then
Lorry redesign to prevent cycling deaths?
If you're really bovinely stupid enough to step out into the path of a truck, then the gene pool really is better off for your absence. I wouldn't rate riding up the inside of trucks much higher up the evolutionary scale either. How far do you go to save idiots from themselves? I know their general buffoonery adds greatly to the gaiety of the nation, and gives us all something to point at and laugh, but where's the cut of point?
Firstly, you're implying that in these incidents, it's always the vulnerable road user that puts themselves into harms way. This certainly isn't always the case, and where it's the HGV driver that has created the hazard, they almost certainly don't intend to kill anyone, so surely making it easier for them to recover from their mistake without killing anyone is a good thing?
Secondly, I don't think the size and location of all of an HGV's blind spots is obvious. Many people might reasonably assume that the visibility in such vehicles is much better than it is. Many people also might not think too hard about what path the rear wheels of a long vehicle will take at a corner - particularly if they were under the assumption that it was going straight ahead. At least one of the fatalities in London involved a cyclist directly in front of an HGV. I think that even people quite high up the evolutionary scale would be quite surprised that there's a blind spot big enough to hide a bike in there. It'd be great if all road users had a chance to experience the road from the perspective of other vehicles, but I can't see it happening.
Are you confident that amongst your friends and family there is nobody who doesn't understand the hazards of the blind spots around lorries? Or would you be comfortable writing it off as Darwinism in action if they got killed in such an incident?
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