Monday, 22 March 2010

Cyclist Deaths in London and HGV: Call for Action

Cyclists killed by HGV this year
Professor David Vilaseca-Perez, 46 from South Bank (February 2010)
Muhammad “Haris” Ahmed, 21, a 4th year Medical student (March 2010)
Shivon Watson, 28 years old, a designer and musician from Bow  (March 2010)
Another woman dies on 14th April 2010

In 2009, 69% of cyclists' deaths were caused by HGVs/lorries, yet we see no action from our cyclist Mayor to look at the London Lorry Control Scheme and re-assess, or increase the budget on road safety.

London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS)

The LLCS restricts the movement of HGVs in London at night and weekends. It aims to limit noise pollution in residential areas and restrictions apply between:

21:00 to 07:00, Monday to Saturday
13:00 Saturdays to 07:00 Monday

which means that HGV are forced to go through the city during peak hours;

There have been huge efforts from cycling communities around raising cyclists' safety awareness: never EVER ride on the inside or outside of a lorry if there is a chance it may make a turn; a lorry to turn left will most possibly bear right to be able to then make a left. Keep clear from them, and if you are waiting in front of them at the lights, leave some distance so they can see you: make eye contact to make sure the driver has also seen you. I sometimes raise my hand to signal i am there - most drivers signal back and smile, then i know they have seen me. There are cycling courses for adults to raise road safety awareness. There are ghost bikes all over the city to remind us of the cyclists' deaths.

But these are still not enough: It does not just take a cyclist to be aware of the dangers - it takes educating the drivers, removing this ridiculous cyclist Vs driver war (see my previous blog entry) and reconsidering the London Lorry Control Scheme.


Friday the 26th March from 6.00PM.

The London Mass meets at 6.00pm on the last Friday of every month on the South Bank under Waterloo Bridge, by the National Film Theatre.

This video below was on the news a couple of days ago - the guy driving the HGV had no idea he was dragging the car in front... just like when the HGVs driving in London have no idea they are driving over cyclists.(photo above taken from the Real Cycling blog)