Lorries involved in over half of London cyclist deaths, despite making up less than 4% of traffic

Statistics reveal that most of the incidents took place at junctions while two in every five took place at traffic lights

Lorries have been involved in over half of cyclist deaths in London, according to statistics released on Thursday, despite HGVs making up only 3.5 per cent of total traffic in the capital.

The statistics revealed by the Construction Industry Cycling Commission (CICC) showed that more than 75 per cent of cyclist deaths involving a lorry took place at junctions, with two in every five cases occurring at traffic lights.

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None of these involved a cyclist running a red light, according to the commission, with over 60 per cent of incidents at traffic lights involving cyclists becoming trapped on the near-side of the lorry as it turned left or moved off.

Eight cyclists have died in London in 2015, with seven of those involving an HGV, but the commission's statistics analysed 107 deaths in London from January 2007 to August 2014.

Alongside the statistics the CICC published a 10-point manifesto to tackle road safety challenges, which included points on ensuring "drivers are properly trained" as well as endorsing segregated facilities for cyclists and lorries.

“The level of cycling accidents in the UK is simply unacceptable," said CICC chairman Mike Hussey, according to the Evening Standard.

"As an industry, we have an obligation to improve the dangerous conditions cyclists face, so I urge our peers to join us and commit to our recommendations.”

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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