Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and other large lorries were involved in two thirds of cyclist deaths on London’s roads last year, according to data provided by TfL (Telegraph).
There were 4,274 reported accidents involving bicycles on London’s roads between August 2010 and July 2011, with 12 resulting in the death of a cyclist. Of those deaths, eight involved a HGV, large lorry or refuse collection vehicle.
According to the Telegraph, the reports show that cyclists involved in collisions with HGVs are 78 times more likely to be killed than those hit by a car. The majority of these deaths happened after large vehicles turned across the cyclist’s path.
Tom Bogdanowicz, campaigns manager for the London Cycling Campaign said "urgent" action is required to increase safety standards for HGVs.
He said: “The data showing the far higher risk of serious injury in collisions with HGVs emphasises the urgent need for all lorry operators, especially councils, to provide specialised awareness training for drivers which is now available as part of the TfL Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS).
“It is unacceptable that a third of London councils have still not joined FORS, the quality standard for lorry operators.”
There were 16 cyclist fatalities on London’s roads in 2011, a 60% rise on the previous year and the highest figure since 2006.
Mike Cavenett, spokesman for the London Cycling Campaign said Transport for London needs to adopt a road safety policy which aims to specifically protect cyclists. "When you ask people to share space with fast-moving vehicles this is what happens”, he said.
“The question is why are there so many cycling casualties full-stop. Sweden has a zero-fatality policy, this is where London should be heading."
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