Remember our story last month reporting how coach operator National Express wanted the public to vote on which of two designs of sticker warning cyclists of its vehicles’ blind spots it should adopt? A road.cc reader has spotted the final design on one of its coaches – and he’s not impressed.
The design chosen was the yellow triangle bordered in red that appears in the picture above with a drawing of a bicycle and the words, “Caution: Blind Spots” and, underneath, “Please take care.”
It was one of two designs put forward by National Express after consulting with a focus group of cyclists by National Express and staff from the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which hosted the vote.
We were sent the above picture of a coach with the sticker by John Smith, who also uploaded a video of the vehicle to YouTube.
He said: “I saw my first 'National Express' sticker today. I can report that they are near enough useless. The only reason I saw it is because I was specifically looking out for it (I have been ever since hearing there was a new design).”
Outlining the reasons why he felt underwhelmed by the sight of the sticker, he said: “It's too small to read, it’s too low to be seen by a cyclist,” and “the back of National Express buses are already full of 'stuff'.”
What do you think? Now you’ve seen one, do the stickers make a contribution to the safety of cyclists, is this a well-intentioned gesture that has been poorly executed, or is this just yet another road transport company getting its excuses ready in advance so it can say a dead cyclist was warned?
Let us know in the comments below.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.