Inside Out BBC1 (London) 7.30pm to feature HGV/cyclist thing
3.10.07 by Buffalo Bill
Trailed on BBC TV (london), tonight’s (3rd October 2007) will apparently feature the problem of HGV killing cyclists in London and what to do about it.
There’s a post on Single Track World about the programme, and a quote from Charlie Lloyd, who is the London Cycling Campaign’s expert in this area. He says, on the topic of the so-called ‘blind-spot’ mirror, that we want every lorry driver on the road to able to see pedestrians and cyclists.
Fair point, and I am sure that Charlie said a lot more than that, but focussing on the ‘blind-spot’ is a mistake. Even when the lorry driver has a mirror in the right place to see a particular area surrounding his vehicle, having the mirror is only going to prevent a collision if the driver uses it.
So it’s not just a question of seeing, it’s a question of looking as well.