Vehicle Improvements to Increase Cycle Safety

The last few years have seen a significant number of cyclist accidents and fatalities due to construction traffic.

Vehicles and plant should be kept to a suitable standard, with improved warning systems and side protection whenever possible.

Below are examples of how sites have tried to reduce the risks associated with construction vehicles and plant, for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians:

  • Supply chain drivers were made more aware of cycle safety, as requirements were imposed upon standards of vehicles;
  • Technical improvements were made to vehicles, which included blind-spot sensors and cameras;
  • Safety feature for the unseen cyclist on the nearside of the vehicle. Each time the left hand indicator is used it activates a strobe beacon and voice warning that the vehicle is turning left. The device is located at a height and position adjacent to where a cyclist would be stationary;
  • Forward facing cameras and voice recorders are fitted in all vehicles;
  • One site introduced holding areas for lorries, to inspect them for mandatory safety measures before allowing them access to site.

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Considerate Constructors Scheme - Spotlight on...Cycle Safety; Monitor Report, Premier Waste Services (UK) Ltd, Manchester, June 2014

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