This article in The Guardian is important because it underscores how a careful review of data can make profound changes in cycling safety. In London England over 50 per cent of all cycling mortalities and over 20 per cent of all pedestrian deaths result from trucks with poor sightlines/visibility from the truck cab.
“Road safety campaigners have long called for action against some types of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), especially high-wheeled construction lorries, which have significant blindspots.”
The Mayor of London will be developing a “five star-based safety rating” for these trucks based upon the vision clearance the operator has from the truck cab. Those that have obstructed vision (mainly construction trucks ) will be banned, with trucks with a three star ranking or more allowed to drive within the city.
Here is the heart-breaking statistic from the Mayor of London’s office: in the last three years the 35,000…
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