‘Cyclist-friendly’ lorries unveiled, reducing drivers’ blind spots

A range of ‘cyclist-friendly’ construction lorries have been unveiled at a London conference into cycling deaths and injuries

According to the Evening Standard, the new trucks give drivers a clearer view, enabling them to see cyclists who would have been in their blind spot.

In order to do this, the seats in the cab have been lowered, with bus-style see-through concertina doors on the near side. Extra windows have been installed, mirrors have been upgraded and camera systems will monitor blind spots.

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The vehicles, from Mercedes-Benz, Dennis Eagle, Volvo, Scania, DAF and MAN were designed under the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety agreement (Clocs).

The event at ExCeL is being attended by TfL Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy, who told the Standard: “Every death and injury on our roads is a tragedy and ruins lives. At TfL we are reducing these wherever possible, and are proud to be a supporter and funder of Clocs.

“The new vehicles, with massively reduced blind spots, show what can be done if people join together for a common good to solve a simple problem.”

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The launch of the new lorries comes just days after Clair Hitier-Abadie was killed in a collision with a lorry near Victoria station.

Figures show that 31 cyclists have died on the capital’s roads since January 2013, 18 of which involved heavy goods vehicles.