Savvy cyclists learn lorry lessons

The New Cancer Centre at the Guy’s project in London was the latest location for a HGV / Cyclist Awareness Safety event, highlighting the dangers of large goods vehicles (LGVs) in busy urban environments.

Working together with the Southwark Council, the Metropolitan Police road safety team, LOR/Select, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust and Kings College University,  the Laing O’Rourke project team hosted a breakfast briefing for cyclists to swap their saddles briefly for a LGV cab, in order to see the road from a driver’s point of view. Despite an early start, 25 cyclists took time out from their morning commute in order to climb into the cabs. 

The Police teams showed them just how easy it is for a driver to lose sight of a pedestrian or cyclist in the blind spot areas of typical modern trucks.  Mark Starosolsky, Select’s Logistics Leader, said “All Select LGVs are fitted with sensors, audible alerts, visual warning stickers and video cameras, but these measures can only reduce the probability of an incident. Every cyclist that’s taken the time to see exactly what a driver sees from the cab, has left with a different perspective on how they can cycle more safely. Select has challenged vehicle manufacturers to modernise truck designs to give drivers better direct visibility of vulnerable road users.”

Sarah Doherty,  Community Regeneration Advisor for LOR at Guy’s, said “A major construction project like ours, in the centre of a busy city environment, will require large vehicles for deliveries and services.  This safety initiative, in conjunction with our colleagues and neighbours, is hugely important to us.  We’re working closely with Southwark Council and the local community to ensure we’re causing minimal disturbance through our construction programme.”