The Construction Industry Cycling Commission (CICC) has published a 10-point manifesto for change to tackle the disproportionate amount of cyclist fatalities caused in collisions with construction vehicles.
The manifesto has been developed following research commissioned by CICC. The research, which focused on fatal collisions in London, found that:
* Whilst Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) account for just 3.5% of traffic across London, they were involved in 57% of crashes in which a cyclist was killed between 2007 – 2014. Many of the HGVs involved in those incidents were being used for construction activities;
* 76% of collisions occurred at junctions;
* Nearly two out of every five crashes (39%) were at traffic signals, none of which involved cyclists running a red light;
* 62% of cycle fatalities at traffic signals involve large vehicles turning left or moving off, with most cyclists being struck by the front or nearside of the vehicle;
* Over half of the cyclists killed by left turning trucks were women, around twice the number that would be expected based on the gender split of London cyclists (26% of cyclists in London are women).
The CICC, set up in early 2015 and made up of senior figures from the property industry including constructors, developers and architects, is calling for companies in the construction industry across the UK to commit to the recommendations in order to reduce the number of cycle deaths caused by HGVs.
CICC 10-point manifesto for change:
1. For all property developers and contractors to recognise that health and safety on the road is as important as it is on site.
2. For cycle safety to be recognised as part of the Considerate Constructors’ accreditation, ensuring that all lorries used on sites have the requisite safety features, and that drivers are properly trained.
3. For the industry – large and small organisations – to adopt the CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety) standard as a default requirement on all construction schemes in London and other major cities, and wherever significant interaction between HGVs and cyclists can be expected.
4. For investment in safer vehicles to be made ahead of regulation, such as direct vision cabs, skirts, and specific safety standards and equipment.
5. For the construction industry to fast-track discussion and action around changes to vehicle safety, which might include the retrofitting of older vehicles and retiming of journeys to avoid morning peak hours.
6. For design professionals to be better trained in the design and planning of safer environments for vulnerable road users.
7. For property developers to use hoarding and wraps of new developments to deploy helpful safety advice for cyclists and drivers.
8. For the construction industry to support training for all road users.
9. For the construction industry to support the campaign for greater separation between cyclists and HGVs in time and/or space at junctions and on links, and helping to disseminate information on primary routes used by HGVs.
10. For the construction industry to support more detailed research to understand the circumstances surrounding lorry/cyclist collisions to identify the root cause of injuries, fatalities and near misses.