Senior police officer says data will help inform how to improve safety between cyclists and HGVs

Cyclists in London are being urged to complete an online survey compiled by a senior police collision investigator that seeks to explore risk-taking behaviour by bike riders on the capital’s streets.

It is hoped that responses to the survey will help lead to a greater understanding of the complex and often fatal relationship between cyclists and lorries on the capital’s streets.

Detective Inspector Andy Rose of the Metropolitan Police’s Collision Investigation Unit has drawn up the survey as part of his research into cycling fatalities, and has explained the rationale behind it.

“I am looking to explore specific data with regards to cyclists and Large Goods Vehicles,” he says, “although the data I obtain will provide broader information as well. I am hoping that this research will obtain good quality data that can be used to inform road safety projects, aid training for all road users and, ultimately, reduce fatal and serious collisions, especially within the cycling community.”

The survey, which is hosted by London South Bank University, should take no more than ten minutes to complete, is completely anonymous, and can be found here.

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.