Met Police's cycle safety move welcomed

 
Met Police inspect lorry at Vauxhall on Monday The Met stopped 70 lorries and issued 15 penalties in the operation on Monday

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The move by the Met's traffic officers to make road safety their number one priority will be welcomed.

By next week there'll be 2,500 officers on the street policing all road users.

Interestingly, there was a smaller scale operation on Monday at Vauxhall where in just four hours, the officers stopped 70 lorries and issued 15 penalties for offences such as the vehicles not being fit for the road.

They also stopped 100 cyclists, who were given safety advice for things like cutting corners and wearing headphones.

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It shows the scale of the problem and it also shifts the debate away from infrastructure onto the road users.

This is a short term measure but I think London Mayor Boris Johnson had to be seen to be doing something.

The real issue will still be that there are record numbers of cyclists in the capital but the safe infrastructure is a long way off.

This intervention could save lives in the short-term but when the police go, what then?

And the calls for a daytime HGV ban are increasing in volume and frequency.

 
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    Comment number 8.

    Most cyclists don't jump red lights, but a few do. Yet people paint us all with the same brush.

    Some drivers speed, but most don't. Yet people don't paint drivers with the same brush.

    Why the double standards? With all the anti-cyclist sentiment, you'd think that cyclists were the ones doing the killing, not the ones doing the dying.

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    Comment number 10.

    @Nocy: "Cycling though a red light is a breech of the Highway code"

    Agreed. As is overtaking cyclists without leaving at least half-a-cars-width in space.

    "..demonstrates that cyclists ignore the law"

    Really? All cyclists? I suppose all drivers obey the law.

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    Comment number 9.

    @Nocy, some idiot cyclists do jump lights, and some idiot drivers break the speed limit.

    It's even worse with drivers though, as they're in charge of 1.5 tonnes of high speed, high powered, heavy duty machinery. Cars kill, all the time. The road death toll is enormous. Bikes, not so much.

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    Comment number 3.

    It's a good move by the Met. However, the situations in which cyclists are being killed aren't those which involve the perceived risks they are advising the cyclists about. A helmet won't help fend off a 18 tonne truck. What we forget is that drivers break the law with incredible frequency that it's not even highlighted as an issue within society. Also the bad design of junctions is a major issue.

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    Comment number 11.

    I cycle about 100m a week. I particularly enjoy using the TFLHire bikes around London. I carry a bike with me all over Europe when trucking abroad. I ware the same Hi-Vis gear on a bike as I do driving a 40T in Central London. The best tip I can give cyclists and bikers is get a Hi-vis vest (£2) and take a Cycling Proficiency course. Hi-Vis will keep you safe. Do Not ware dark colours.

 

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