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Tfl Launches Cycle Safety Film

Fri, 17 Jul 2009

More than 140,000 cyclists in the Capital are being sent a link to a new cycle
safety training film for cyclists and lorry drivers as part of work by Transport for
London (TfL) to reduce the number of cyclists killed and seriously injured in the
The five minute film, which anyone can watch online at has been designed to help
cyclists and lorry drivers navigate London´s busy roads - and each other - safely.

Filmed from both the cyclists and drivers points of view, it outlines a series of
golden rules:

* Drivers of left-turning goods vehicles must keep checking their left mirror for

* Cyclists should remember that if they can't see a vehicle's mirrors, they
probably can't be seen by the driver;

* Cyclists should avoid undertaking (go up the left-hand side) goods vehicles,
and shouldn't undertake a goods vehicle that is stopped at traffic lights, unless
the lights have only just turned red;

* Cyclists should ensure they position themselves far enough ahead of an goods
vehicle (in stopped traffic) that the driver can see them.

Last year nine London cyclists lost their lives after being in an incident involving
an HGV. The number of cycle casualties is falling but TfL are determined to address
the number of collisions taking place involving cyclists and goods vehicles.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "I want Londoners to feel excited about
our cycle revolution and to feel 100 per cent confident about getting on their
bikes. It is crucial that lorry drivers and cyclists look out for one another on our
streets and behave in a way that keeps them safe. I urge drivers and cyclists to
watch this short film and would encourage everyone to give cycle training a go."

Londoners of all ages are also being encouraged to sign up for TfL-funded cycle
training through their local borough councils. The training sessions, which are free
in many boroughs, are individually tailored to each person's needs, and teach them
how to deal with a wide range of traffic conditions - including how to behave around
goods vehicles.

In addition, the Mayor of London's Share the Road group has created a new poster
campaign, calling for Londoners to look out for each other when driving, cycling or
walking on the Capital's streets. The posters will appear on advertising sites
across London from Friday 17 July.

See the film at


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