Apparently, “it’s very important that we don’t have too much of a knee-jerk reaction”. Because this phenomenon of cyclists colliding with lorries / other motor vehicles (or more properly, lorries / other motor vehicles being driven so carelessly that they run cyclists over) is something that’s completely new, as this chart from As Easy As Riding A Bike shows:
Clearly the situation needs careful study. Maybe a working group to investigate best practice around the UK, and engage the relevant stakeholders. It should produce a detailed report, full of recommendations and strategies – an over-arching communications strategy will obviously be essential to raise awareness. And there should be lots more training, both for lorry drivers and cyclists. We could install mirrors at busy junctions to help lorry drivers see the cyclists trying to ride into their vehicles. Perhaps a private sector sponsor could provide funding for traffic-free promotional rides in each of our major cities on one Sunday a year. And there should be maps and “apps” to help people plan their journeys around quiet routes. As we know, cyclists simply love detours along quiet unexplored byways, and this could really help them. Finally, a bit of an insider tip: buy shares in companies manufacturing blue paint.
Or alternatively, and I know this IS going to sound a little knee-jerk…
Enough talk, procrastination, and institutional obfuscation in support of the status quo. Now is the time for deeds, not words.