A petition has been launched urging Boris Johnson, mayor of London, to introduce more ‘Trixi’ mirrors at junctions in a bid to reduce to number of cyclists killed by lorries (Guardian).
Due to the height and size of lorry cabs, drivers are often unable to see cyclists riding beside, behind or immediately in front of their vehicle. According to the Guardian report, on London’s roads alone cyclists die at a rate of about one a month; a disproportionate amount of these fatalities are cyclists struck by lorries turning left.
The report claims that crashes such as these could be prevented by greater employment of Trixi mirrors which have been used with great effect in Germany and Switzerland. The Trixi mirror is a device mounted to a junction, often to traffic lights, that allows HGV drivers a clear view of their left side as they pass through intersections.
The Guardian report claims that Boris Johnson trialled Trixis in 2010, but on a very limited basis. The report goes on to state that after two years and dozens more deaths, London still has only 39 Trixi mirrors in various states of repair.
Click here to read the full Guardian report.
Click here to view the petition.