I loved the sense of community as once again young and old congregated to cheer on cyclists and support the Tour de Yorkshire. Once again this year we enjoyed glorious weather, which served to showcase our fabulous Yorkshire countryside. Subsequently I have seen an abundance of cyclists on our roads. Each morning there have been illuminated signs on the way to work warning motorists to ‘watch out for cyclists’. The transport community and in particular HGV drivers are all too well aware of the necessity to share road space and to be particularly alert to any vulnerable road user.
Most transport companies have vulnerable road user policies in place. HGV drivers attend Driver CPC training with regards driving defensively and being alert to cyclists and when driving in areas posing particular hazards such as around schools, shopping precinct, parks etc. Indeed some truck drivers have ridden bikes for half a day to appreciate what it feels like to be a cyclist on the road.
Rarely do we see signs on our roads alerting cyclists to the dangers they face on our roads. Many cyclists, especially those who are inexperienced, have just taken up cycling, or children are particularly vulnerable and unaware of HGV blind spots, the particular danger of undertaking HGVs, when to use the Advanced Stop Line (ASL) and the importance of making eye contact.
This is an opportune time to reiterate Freight Train’s safety advice for both truck drivers and cyclists. in order that both parties may enjoy driving and cycling safely. Download our flyer: