London Cycling Campaign (LCC) is urging cyclists to sign a petition calling on each of the 33 borough councils throughout the capital to introduce cycle awareness training for their HGV drivers. Currently, only four borough councils do so.
The petition, which you’ll find here, forms part of LCC’s No More Lethal Lorries campaign, launched earlier this year, and as it doesn't ask for location, you don't need to be a resident of the capital to sign it.
LCC’s lorry campaigner, Charlie Lloyd, explains that “Many lorry drivers admit they are too frightened to cycle in London. We need to get them on bikes so they understand what it’s like to be a cyclist, and reduce dangerous driving."
As a result of its lorry-related campaigns, LCC has managed to have cycle awareness training introduced for drivers on the Crossrail project, as well as in skills courses for drivers organised by the Freight Unit of Transport for London (TfL).
It has also distributed some 15,000 spoke cards to cyclists giving advice on how to avoid lorries’ blind spots and other danger zones, and has successfully lobbied to make HGV safety the main priority for TfL’s Cycle Safety Working Group.
Currently, LCC is urging TfL to change the focus of its blind spot campaign to improve driver behaviour instead of blaming the cyclist, and it is also working with RoadPeace, TfL, the police and the Freight Transport Association to further improve safety.
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.