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London cyclists urged to complete online survey on risk-taking behaviour

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.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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