.citycycling: don’t crush me bro

Recently Anth (of .citycycling fame) asked me to write a contribution to the famous monthly ezine on cyclists and trucks…

Recently Anth (of .citycycling fame) asked me to write a contribution to the famous monthly ezine on cyclists and trucks.

citycycling truck danger

This gave me an opportunity to build on the observations I made during Bike Week’s large vehicle awareness day on Lothian Rd – you’ll recognise some of the pictures I took illustrating the piece, which has just been published in .citycycling issue 11:

Suicide by truck (or, “don’t crush me, bro!)

I tried to be a little provocative, since bland rubbish is for government agencies. We’ll see if it gets any kind of response…

Sorry mate, I can’t see your blind spot

The HGV driver, knowing he represents < 5% of traffic but is involved in 2/3 of killings, will be especially careful to check those mirrors before swinging left. Right?

Dangerous lorry drivers “getting away with murder?”

As part of National Bike Week, Spokes and various other stakeholders got together to cordon off Festival Square on Lothian Road for a sort of large-vehicle-danger seminar.

Present was a council tipper, not a bin lorry – perhaps wisely avoiding uncomfortable questions over the death of Craig Newton, who was tragically killed last year when the driver of an Edinburgh Council bin lorry drove over him in broad daylight.

Nevertheless I found the experience of sitting in the driving seat to be extremely enlightening, if not perhaps for quite the same reasons the organisers might hope!

truck_tape

Above you can see the tipper with a taped area laid out in front of it. Compare the taped area with a cycle safety box as found at many junctions: looks pretty similar, doesn’t it?

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