Action taken to reduce fatal cyclist collisions in London

10:28 03 February 2013

The report was commissioned after a high number of fatal collisions involving cyclists and commercial vehicles. File picture: PA Archive

The report was commissioned after a high number of fatal collisions involving cyclists and commercial vehicles. File picture: PA Archive

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Contractors have been asked to look into changing their delivery times to reduce the likelihood of fatal collisions involving cyclists and their vehicles.

HGV manufacturers have also been urged to conduct more research into the safety of their vehicles, after a Transport for London-commissioned report revealed the extent of blind spots of some cement mixers.

These are among 12 recommendations made after a year-long review of the construction industry after a “disproportionate” number of cyclists were killed after collisions with construction vehicles between 2008 and 2011.

TfL commissioner Sir Peter Hendy will now write to the government and the Health and Safety Executive in a bid to implement some of the findings.

TfL said vehicles working on contracts for the organisation and for Crossrail are required to meet strict safety standards and have cycle specific safety equipment, including side-bars, blind spot mirrors and detection equipment fitted to reduce the risk of collisions.

Sir Peter said: “It is clear there is a responsibility for all parties, including cyclists, the construction and haulage industries, safety regulators, highway authorities and ourselves, to take steps to improve the safety of cyclists and ensure that as many of the recommendations detailed in this report are delivered.

“By working closely together with stakeholders, we can build on the changes we have already delivered and ensure further vital safety improvements for cyclists and other vulnerable road users.”

TfL also believes the Health and Safety Executive should look at extending its regulations to govern the reporting of on road collisions.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, said: “There is a clear and urgent need to address the spate of serious incidents we have seen involving construction vehicles and cyclists over recent years.

The report contains some hugely important findings and our task now is to press the construction industry, safety regulators, highway authorities and politicians to make it a priority to take forward the recommendations made in this report.”

Related articles

Latest London transportation news

Monday, October 5, 2015
The scene at today's protest (Photo: Garry Stephen White)

A protest by black cab drivers has again caused gridlock in London as cabbies take to the streets in their long-running battle with Transport for London over the way private hire vehicles, including Uber, are regulated.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Victoria train and Underground station (Photo: Ewan Munro/Wikimedia Commons

Victoria Tube and railway station was closed and evacuated this morning due to a suspected fire, but has since reopened

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Poo was found in a London Overground train carriage this afternoon (Picture: PA Images/London24)

A student heard an unusual announcement about ‘human excrement’ over her London Overground train tannoy when she embarked at Barking station this afternoon.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Liverpool street station is rammed with people due to the signal failure and delays (Picture: @fliptunesmusic/Twitter)

Frustrated commuters are stuck at Liverpool Street station because of delays on several lines due to an earlier signal failure. Disruption to journeys between Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale is expected until at least 8pm and there are severe delays on Abellio Greater Anglia and Stansted Express services.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Picture by @SW7_Cab

Black cab drivers are holding a protest this evening that will stretch from Aldwych in Westminster to Ludgate Circus in the City and is expected to bring roads to a standstill. (SCROLL FOR PICTURES)

What do you think? Tweet @London24

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Black cab drivers have been protesting for over a year, but why?

Drivers and cyclists are advised to avoid the roads around Bank from 5pm tonight as a black cab drivers’ group is staging another demonstration about regulation - which unions have condemned as ‘ill-judged’.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Line-Up Events


You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Here’s your chance to treat yourself to a new wardrobe and a whole lot more with this MyOffers competition to win an incredible £2,500 to spend at Primark on whatever you like!

Read more

Latest Tech News