Lorries, bicycles and desperately misguided safety campaigns…

If you’ve been in earshot of a social media storm raging this week, chances are it was as a result of the Department for Transport’s laudable but tragically misguided new safety campaign. We’ve talked about lorries before. We even wrote a post about how we need to talk about lorries. They are definitely a problem for us cyclists and for that, any awareness campaign has merit. However, the problem for the DfT on this occasion is that the video they released clearly shows a lorry left-hooking a cyclist (overtaking before immediately turning left –exactly what rule 182 of the highway … Continue reading Lorries, bicycles and desperately misguided safety campaigns…

Dear Cardiff, we need to have a talk about lorries…

Incidents involving lorries and bicycles are worryingly common, so it is probably about time we had a bit of a talk… Lorries come in all shapes & sizes, from the 7.5 tonne van-on-steroids to the 45′ articulated variety. However, one thing most of them have in common is how woeful visibility is for the driver. They’re an 18-wheeled, mobile blind-spot, but undeniably an essential part of our economy, delivering stock to businesses all around the city. Whilst there has been talk of restricting the hours they can enter city centres like London, we believe it is fair to say that, for the time … Continue reading Dear Cardiff, we need to have a talk about lorries…