- if your fed up of cyclists dying on our city streets and want to get involved:
I have ridden to work pretty much every day since 1984 and have never had a problem with a lorry.
You simply cannot expect the driver to see you if you are in his/her blind spot/s.
I've had plenty of problems with various other motorised road users – buses and taxis notably.
The number of cyclists has increased but sadly some people ride with a breathtaking lack of awareness, zero observation, no signalling etc.
Sorry, but I will not support a ban on HGVs.Posted 8 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
I don't agree that HGVs should be banned from towns, but there have been some good initiatives aimed at preventing deaths of people who don't understand the specific issues they present. A lot of HGVs now have little warning notices on the back telling you not to pass them on the left hand side. There have also been training days where car drivers were invited to sit in lorry cabs and get a better idea of what they could see.Posted 8 years ago
The measures should create a two-part Safety Standard that is an addition to the LGV license. The safety standard would commit to Best Practice in both driver training and in vehicle specification. This would be achieved by: A) implementing additional driver safety awareness training; and B) recognising that vehicle specification must include suitability of the LGV for the city centre. The combination of both an LGV Safety Certified driver and vehicle, would grant an implicit permit that allows access to city centres during peak hours. Any vehicles or drivers lacking certification would not be permitted access to city centres during peak hours. These measures can be rooted in bigger government strategies – combating obesity, congestion, global warming – while supporting and encourage cycling. Eight people have died, directly as a result of collisions with LGVs, on London streets so far this year. The petition aims to make clear that "share the road" has failed to address the fundamental issue that sharing is not possible when the LGV drivers do not always see the cyclist. Implementing these measures could make the UK one of the most cycle friendly cities in the world.Posted 8 years ago
regarding the petition i'm just throwing it out to all to consider and respect your views
just as a point of interest i got low loaded by a hgv qualified driver the other day, i was aware of the rear end of hgvs cutting in on a corner during a turn – but did you know that some of the funky ones can steer the rear wheels via a control on the gearstick so that the rear end can actually swing out WIDE in a turn, and some others have the rear end track the front wheels exactly
you learn every day !Posted 8 years ago
given the above mentioned issue that most cyclists killed by HGVs in cities largely have themselves to blame.
except inasmuch as responsibility lies with a driver to conduct the vehicle in a safe manner, which with a 40 tonne behemoth requires awareness of the problem whereas many new cyclists will not have realised they need any trainingPosted 8 years agoaracerSubscriber
Awareness of the problem doesn't provide ESP.
I agree it's worth doing something about it, though not convinced by the petition – for a start, surely more/better mirrors would help drivers to tell when somebody is riding in a stupid place, hence helping them fulfil their responsibility.Posted 8 years agoKarinofnineMember
simonfbarnes, you are correct, the wording is RESTRICT HGVs in city centres.
I would not support that either.
You also state: "..whereas many new cyclists will not have realised they need any training"
Shouldn't it be "Many new cyclists have not realised they need to engage their brain before embarking on a journey"?
Sorry, but this lorry-bashing lark makes me very grumpy given the astonishing manner in which many people cycle.Posted 8 years ago
Sorry, but this lorry-bashing lark makes me very grumpy given the astonishing manner in which many people cycle.
well, in that case it makes more sense to exclude all powered vehicles from the urban arena and confine them to places where they can only crash into each other…Posted 8 years ago
hiya Karin, i agree, its gotta involve education of all road / pavement user groups
however with the expanding volume of traffic on Londons small, compact streets, is it right for a vehicle to be in use that cannot safely observe the environment it needs to operate in ?Posted 8 years agodangerousbeansMember
TBH the all round vision on modern cars such as my Mondeo gives loads of blind spots.
Can't begin to imagine how many blind spots and areas of the vehicle a lorry driver can't see.
Lorry drivers tend to give me more room than the average car driver round here.
If they could stop riding 3 feet off the back of my car when in heavy traffic at 50 on a busy motorway, I'd probably nominate them for a knighthoodPosted 8 years ago
Qwerty: Perhap's some of the cyclist's who have unfortuantly been injured or killed should have also observed the environment in which they cycle. I have driven a 44t truck in and around london and it is not a nice or pleasant experience imo mainly due to impatient car driver's, cyclist's and pedestrian's. It still amaze's and infuriate's me the number of people who drive, walk and cycle round the backm of lorries when they are reversing in to side street's or customers premises. 😯Posted 8 years agocoffeekingMember
Lorries generally give me stacks of room and I refuse to cut up the inside of a lorry at a junction, I would suggest it's generally the cyclist at fault whether they intend it or not. There's only one time I've been "taken out" by a lorry, a big 44 tonner, and it was attempting to overtake me on a left hand bend at 30mph when it realised traffic was coming the other way – he chose to squash me into the kerb rather than hit the cars coming the other way. He knew i was there, knew he was in the wrong, but didn't want to wait 20 seconds for a straight bit of road to overtake. No amount of teaching stops idiots like that.Posted 8 years ago
i agree all commuter cyclists should not only pass a test and hold a license but could then pay road tax.
this is as maybe BUT you have to consider viable options, this could never be enforced by the police so would be a pointless exercise
any changes have to be achieveable (dat spelt right?)Posted 8 years ago
There are law's that state what mirror's have to be fitted to lorries. However the placement of the mirror's on some lorries can lead to more blindspot's because they block the view behind them, a specific example being volvo fh models which have wide angle mirror's fitted under the normal mirror's.Posted 8 years agocoffeekingMember
karinofine, i agree all commuter cyclists should not only pass a test and hold a license but could then pay road tax.
And how do you define a commuter cyclist? What separates them from a cyclist bobbign down to the shops? And considering its usually the kids and people bobbing down to the shops that are the most unpredictable and dangerous to themselves and others, how does enforcing anything against the "serious" road users make any sense?Posted 8 years agoforlorn hopeMember
most newer hgvs have additional mirrors and reversing cameras,Posted 8 years ago
and some older ones including the one i drive have been retro fitted with wider angle nearside kerb and wide angle rear view mirrors.
I always give cyclists a very wide berth when overtaking and never go near the inside of a hgv when on my bike.ElmoMember
The worst blind spot for most trucks is just behind the N/S front wheel area.Posted 8 years ago
Driver can't see through the door and your just outside the effetive mirror area.
Unless the driver has just overtaken you-i which case i'm sure he'd know you were there a cyclist shouldn't be there.
I have 7 mirrors on my lorry and a camera for the back………how many more would you need?!MoreCashThanDashSubscriber
I rarely have any problems with HGVs, but I am aware of their blind spots and never try and undertake one on the left. Funnily enough, discussion of that subject on here doesn't attract the same Darwin/gene pool comments that other fairly basic errors sometimes do.
I'm sorry, any cyclist killed is one too many but there needs to be more education aimed at riders and drivers so they get to see it from both sides – a lot of the problems cyclists moan about often seem to be down to their own errors and/or selfish and high-handed attitudes.
Banning or restricting vehicles is not the answer imo. And I agree with the comments on blindspots in cars – designers need to think about it. Compared an old shape Passat estate and a new one recently – the new one has higher and smaller windows at the rear and hence wider pillars, it's a huge step in the wrong direction for road safetyPosted 8 years agoTandemJeremyMember
The answer is road design IMO – better designed roads that allow equal rights and space for all and are designed with the saafety of all in mind – not the speed of cars!
ASLs are massive improvement in this way for example – you can legally get infront of the truck so the driver can see you when you are on your bike
education is the other strandPosted 8 years agoLummoxSubscriber
personally i feel that with all the traffic calming measures in place they subconciously cause all users to try and 'catch up' on their commute, thereby leading to hasty overtakes and poor decisions. A LGV/HGV?insert large vehicle driver is a Professional driver, they have taken a far more stringent test and generally will have huge amounts of experience compared to the normal car motorist.
The Drivers that scare me on my commute are the dopey commuters in their steamed up cars driving anywhere they like rushing to work and blocking me from pulling in again when their stationary traffic gets changes from park to crawl.
Everyone should take the opportunity to climb into a truck cab and actually see for themselves what is physically possible to see, add in the driver is moving this large vehicle around narrow traffic calmed streets and a cyclist with 'suicidal' tendancies crawling up his nearside could be missed. This doesn't mean i agree they should of missed it but i believe both parties have a part to play, and for what it's worth i don't find large vehicle drivers (except busses) cut me up or take 'risks' when passing me.Posted 8 years agoDezBSubscriber
Of course the answer is road design – redesign all our roads to separate cycles from motor traffic.
About as likely to happen as anything at all happening as a result of the SMSM petition. It's just another teeny corner of the internet.
FWIW I've had very few incidents with lorries.Posted 8 years agoJunkyardMember
It is odd that we dont ask for any kind of compotency test for cyclists as some of us are oblivious to the laws and our own safety.Posted 8 years ago
The other day on a busy dual carriageway (no junction for miles) someone was cycling in the outside lane. I wound my window down to explain they were on the wrong side of the road ans she just started swearing at me.
Many cyclists blind side lorries and undertake them.
Basically the standard of driving of all vehicles by SOME drivers is appalling. WHy pick on lorries? Most cyclists are hardly angels on the roads or paths they cycle on are they?crazy-legsSubscriber
It doesn't matter how many mirrors and cameras you put on lorries, the driver can still only look in one at a time. Who's to say that by the time he's checked all 8 mirrors and started the manoeuvre that a cyclist hasn't started riding up the inside.
What's needed is better education for ALL road users, in particular new cyclists – it's likely to be less experienced cyclists and women caught up in these accidents because they are naturally less assertive/confident so try to stick to the kerb rather than overtaking on the outside.Posted 8 years ago
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