Lorry driver blog
15.05.07 by Buffalo Bill
Well, is this progress? Roadtranport.com has picked up on the recent HGV lorry cyclist death thing that has been in the media. The writer seems slightly aggrieved by this blog and my comments in the media generally. I don’t think he is totally fair to me: I like to think that I have done as much as anyone to raise awareness of the danger from lorries to cyclists, whereas the writer has a long way to go before he can say that. OK, so I have been hard on lorry drivers, but let’s think for a second and try and remember a single incident of a lorry-driver being killed as the result of a collision with a bicycle.
I think it’s a two-way thing: we have to learn to share the road. Banging on about blind-spots isn’t helpful, especially when there is good evidence from more than one court case that a proper observation by the lorry driver could have avoided the death of a cyclist. I am quite happy to say, as I have before: cyclists need to be very careful around lorries. Look out for them; they may not be looking out for you.
However, it is good that the writer accepts that operators and drivers have duty to ensure the safety of other road-users. And he says the bottom line is saving lives and making sure these avoidable deaths no longer happen. One HGV-cyclist incident is one too many. I’m not sure that I like the use of the word ‘incident’, though. He is talking about dead cyclists here. Call it what is: a collision resulting in the death of a cyclist. 4 that I know of so far in London in 2007.
Meanwhile, the Standard continues to surprise me. Today the editorial column backs the London Green Party’s call for a London-wide speed limit of 20mph. What is going on?