Representatives of the Road Haulage Associaiton, and Robert Flello MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Freight Transport will be at the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival this weekend to try and foster greater understanding between cyclists and freight companies and their drivers.
Mr Fello told fleetdirectory.co.uk that greater understanding and dialogue between cyclists and drivers is the only way to tackle the number of cyclists killed on UK roads.
He said: “I am really pleased to be at the opening of this two week-long festival which celebrates all aspects of cycling, where I will have the opportunity to discuss road safety issues with cyclists.
“I hope that by coming together cyclists and hauliers will be able to find solutions which will make the roads safer for every user. I am calling on the industry to examine its work practices and vehicle safety features with cyclist safety in mind.”
More than a quarter of cyclists killed on Britain’s roads in 2012 died as a result of being hit by van or HGV. In big cities, the story is even worse. Between 2008 and 2012, HGVs were involved in 53 per cent of London cyclist deaths despite making up only 4 per cent of the traffic.
The Road Haulage Association will also attend the Isle of Wight cycling festival to promote dialogue between the two groups and try and improve the poor relationship between cyclists and haulage drivers and companies.
No doubt many of those attending the festival will take the opportunity to tell Mr Flello and the RHA that the best way for their members to improve their image among cyclists would be to stop killing them.
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.