Cyclist films a recycling lorry jumping a red light in London, and then crossing the path of riders on CS3
A cyclist in London has captured the moment that a large recycling lorry jumped a red light and then cut across the path of riders.
The EMR Recycling lorry was filmed by Harry Fletcher-Wood moving through a red light at the junction, and then taking a right-hand turn. It crosses the route of Cycle Superhighway 3 after cyclists on the path get a green light to move forward.
No one was injured in the incident, but it highlights the danger posed by lorries at busy junctions.
The incident comes less than a month after the London Assembly unanimously voted in favour of banning lorries in the capital at rush hour. The move has come after Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) have been involved in numerous cyclist fatalities and serious injuries in London in recent years.
Statistics published last week by the Construction Industry Cycling Commission (CICC) showed that lorries were responsible for over half the deaths of cyclists in London between 2007 and 2014 despite only making up 3.5 per cent of total traffic. Seventy-five per cent of those incidents involving lorries occurred at junctions.
Seven of the eight cyclist deaths in London during 2015 have involved lorries.
Safety campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists organised a ‘die in’ outside Transport for London headquarters on Friday evening last week. The demonstration was to commemorate those cyclists who have died on London’s streets, as well as highlighting calls for policies to be put in place to protect cyclists.