Apparently Transport for London have a report showing that ‘Women cyclists are far more likely to be killed by a lorry because, unlike men, they tend to obey red lights and wait at junctions in the driver’s blind spot’. In not jumping red lights, cyclists are therefore in the blindspot of drivers and liable to be crushed when the lights change.
This report has not been released: I guess reports that suggest you’re safer when disobeying laws don’t go down well -though TfL insist that, rather than being disinterested in the safety of women cyclists, the report is for policy purposes only. They have indeed brought in an awareness campaign… which has itself been criticised.
Here’s the poster as the London Cycling Campaign would like to see it:
And some useful safety advice for the cyclists among us:
- If a lorry is in front of you, wait where you can see the mirrors until it is possible to pass it
- You should pass a lorry only on the right and only when you are sure you have enough time and space to get far enough ahead for the driver to see you clearly before they start moving
- If a lorry is behind you, ride where the driver has to consider your presence
- Ride where lorries cannot pass you, or cannot pass you without changing their position on the road
- HGVs are so dangerous to cyclists that they should be treated with extreme caution
[from London School of Cycling)