Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Lambeth Council lorry drivers to see the world through cyclists' eyes

Lorry and bus drivers working for a Lambeth Council are receiving training sessions in cycling road safety in a bid to prevent collisions involving cyclists and HGVs.

Drivers of refuse vehicles, school buses and other HGVs run by Lambeth are receiving classroom and practical on-road cycle training to highlight the dangers posed to cyclists caught in lorries’ blind spots. The council is also installing signs on its lorries and buses warning of the danger of cycling of their inside.

The training, in conjunction with Cycle Training UK, involves drivers riding bikes themselves to give them greater understanding about cycling.

 Lambeth is the only London borough to have so far adopted these kinds of measures. A cyclist was killed in Streatham in April 2008 as a result of a collision with a truck.

Cllr Sally Prentice, Lambeth Council cabinet member for Environment, said: “London has the potential to be a world-class cycling city. We hope other organisations that employ HGV drivers follow our lead on this and run similar training schemes so we can make London a safer place for cyclists. The council is happy to work with companies to promote these initiatives.”

"We hope other employers follow the example" Charlie Lloyd of London Cycling Campaign, a former lorry driver, said, "LCC has been lobbying for measures such as these for a long time, and we're very pleased one borough has followed our advice." "Improving driver awareness can save lives. We hope other boroughs and employers follow the example of Lambeth Council."

Source LCC website

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Cycling into 2008

As we approach the new year we are looking forward to an action packed 2008.

From a cycle campaigning point of view the big event in the year will be the 2008 London Mayoral and Greater London Authority elections.

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has a major impact on cycling in the capital in his role as head of Transport for London which is responsible for the main routes in the capital.

In order to take part in the elections you will need to be registered to vote – to find out if you are registered to vote contact Electoral Services at Lambeth on 020 7926 2685, email electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk or see the electoral services page of the Lambeth website.

We will also be developing our activities within Lambeth Cyclists – if you have any ideas for rides, campaigns or other activities that you think we should be doing or involved in do get in touch – contact Borough Coordinator Philip Loy on 020 8677 8624 or email Lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com.