Cycling in London is fraught with danger, and one of the more dangerous situations to find yourself in is alongside a HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle), so The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council are spending three weeks educating both lorry drivers and cyclists about this risk.
And, recently, the campaign gave cyclists a rare and unique chance to discover life behind the wheel of a HGV and the view the drivers have, particularly that of cyclists passing on the left hand side – a dangerous place for any cyclist to be.
On 26 November, outside the entrance to Holland Park on Kensington High Street, the council, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Camden Safer Neighbourhoods Team, held an awareness event.
“Even the most road-aware cyclist will probably never have seen what a cyclist looks like in the mirror of a HGV and more importantly when they don’t appear in the mirror,” says The Royal Borough’s Cycling Champion, Councillor Maighread Condon-Simmonds.
“This event gave cyclists a chance to brush up on the basic rules of the road and see things from a different perspective. I’m also very pleased to hear that the campaign will also encourage lorry drivers to pay special attention to cyclists.”