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Cyclists in danger from lorry blind’ spots, police warn

PUBLISHED: 23:32 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:45 05 October 2010

Cyclist Chris Hadley in driving seat of a lorry to see where blind spots are (inset)

Cyclist Chris Hadley in driving seat of a lorry to see where blind spots are (inset)

TRAFFIC cops are out and about each morning in London’s rush-hour this week hoping to get cyclists and lorry drivers to be more aware of each other. Eight out of 10 cyclists killed on Britain’s roads this year were in collisions with a lorries. So police have started a campaign to educate both groups about the dangers they pose to each other

Mike Brooke

TRAFFIC cops are out and about each morning in London’s rush-hour this week hoping to get cyclists and lorry drivers to be more aware of each other.

Eight out of 10 cyclists killed on Britain’s roads this year were in collisions with a lorries.

So police have started a campaign running till the end of the month—supported by Olympic Gold medal cyclist Victoria Pendleton—to educate both groups about the dangers they pose to each other.

It began at five locations across London this morning (Tuesday) where cyclists were invited to sit inside a lorry cab to see the limited vision a driver has.

One of the demonstrations was at Spitalfields in East London (pictured), where two lorries were parked at Spital Square, just off the busy Commercial Street.

“Nine cyclists have been killed in London so far this year in collisions with lorries,” said the Met’s Central Traffic chief inspector Duncan Morley.

“That’s nine groups of people’s lives which have been torn apart due to the loss of a loved one.

“We hope to reduce the risk of further loss of life and injury by raising awareness among cyclists and lorry drivers on simple steps to share the roads safely.”

Police are targeting the areas and times they’ve identified as busiest for cyclists.

Commercial Street is among the busiest during the morning rush-hour, forming part of the Central London congestion charge zone boundary which attracts more traffic avoiding the daily toll going into the City centre.

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