Whilst I’m a strong believer in cycle training as a solution to London’s high cyclist accident rate it is important that the problem is tackled from many angles. Here are three of TfL’s new cycle safety initiatives. Take a look and let me know what you think of them.
These mirrors are being installed around key junctions in London. They have a dual purpose. They allow HGV drivers to see more of their road users around them thus spotting cyclists parked up next to the vehicle. They also remind drivers to check their mirrors frequently as there are an increased number of cyclists on London roads.
HGV warning sounds
When a HGV is taking a left turn a warning sound is played so that cyclists know to use extra caution and not try to undertake. There is also a sound played inside the HGV when a cyclist is in a dangerous position. This is being installed in some of the HGVs that operate around London.
TfL “All of these bikes are in the driver’s blind spot” poster advertising campaign
The traditional marketing route is also being taken. The criticism of the poster has mainly been at the lack of a cycle lane being included. This is because people frequently think cycle lanes can actually cause more accidents as they encourage cyclists to be on the left of vehicles which is a danger zone. Especially at junctions. However, a lot of people have praised its clear message and striking image.
What do you think of these safety initiatives?