Mayor must keep his promise on restricting HGVs, says British Cycling

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British Cycling today again reminded the Mayor of London to act on his promise to look at restricting HGVs movements in the capital, after a second cyclist in the space of just two weeks was killed in a collision with a lorry.  

The cyclist, thought to be in their 40s, was involved in an incident outside Holborn underground station at 9.25am this morning. The lorry driver has been arrested.

Responding to the news, British Cycling’s Director of Policy and Legal Affairs, Martin Gibbs, said:

"The fact is, most lorries simply aren’t designed for city driving."

British Cycling’s Director of Policy and Legal Affairs, Martin Gibbs

“In London, HGVs were involved in 53% of cycling fatalities in 2011 despite making up just 4% of the traffic. The fact is, most lorries simply aren’t designed for city driving as they give the driver a limited view of the road near the cab and down the side where cyclists can become trapped.

“Back in March the Mayor of London launched his Vision for Cycling in London in which he said that he would study the experience of cities like Paris and Dublin where there are restrictions on lorry movements. In 2011, there were zero cycling fatalities in Paris and this must partly be the result of large lorries being restricted from using the busiest roads at the busiest times.”

More information about British Cycling’s policy on HGVs can be found here.