New THINK! Cycle Safety Campaign launched
The THINK! Cycle Safety Campaign 2016 reminds riders not to position a bike between a lorry and a left turn as this area is where one-third of lorry/bike collisions occur. Furthermore, it reminds heavy goods vehicle operators to watch for cyclists that put themselves – and others - at risk by not following this advice.
THINK! confirmed that the number of people that cycle for fun, fitness and to work rose 25% in the last 20 years. Cyclists now travel 3.2 billion miles per-annum in the United Kingdom. In the last 5 years, 104 were killed in collisions that involved heavy goods vehicles which accounted for 20% of total cycling fatalities.
Short film emphasises that care is required
The THINK! Cycle Safety Campaign incorporates a short film. It shows a piano falling to the floor, boxers sparring in the ring, rams fighting on a mountain and a cyclist positioning himself between a big lorry and a left turn. Tragic consequences follow, so the message is there are “things you shouldn't get caught between”.
THINK! has a series of tips for cyclists to minimise risk.
- “If a lorry is indicating left, passing on the inside can be dangerous. Hang back.
- Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the kerb. Look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you.
- Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen.
- Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor.
- Wearing light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark increases your visibility.
- Follow the Highway Code including observing stop and give way signs and traffic lights.
- Wear a correctly fitted cycle helmet which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations.”
THINK! has tips for drivers too.
- “Look out for cyclists - especially when turning. Make eye contact if possible so they know you’ve seen them.
- Use your indicators. Signal your intentions so that cyclists can react.
- Give cyclists plenty of space when over taking. leave as much room as you would give a car. If there isn’t sufficient space to pass, hold back.
- Remember that cyclists may need to manoeuvre suddenly if the road is poor, it’s windy or if a car door is opened.
- Always check for cyclists when you open your door.
- Advanced stop lines allow cyclists to get to the front and increase their visibility. You must stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and allow cyclists time and space to move off when the green signal shows.
- Follow the Highway Code including stop and give way signs and traffic lights.”