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

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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.”

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