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Spotlight on… cycle safety aims to raise awareness of the issue of cycle safety and raise standards where necessary and reduce and prevent fatalities and injuries resulting from accidents between cyclists and construction traffic...

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The campaign

‘Spotlight on… cycle safety’ aims to raise awareness of the issue of cycle safety and to share best practice. Ultimately, this initiative seeks to raise standards where necessary and reduce and prevent fatalities and injuries resulting from accidents between cyclists and construction traffic.

Many construction sites are already taking action to reduce the risks to cyclists but the whole industry needs to come together and collectively address the issue. It is the responsibility of every construction site to do what they can to ensure the safety of cyclists around construction activity.

The issue of cycle safety has received, and will continue to receive, much attention as the UK’s cities encourage the use of bicycles. Former Mayor Boris Johnson wanted London to be a ‘cyclised city’, where people could ride their bikes safely in a pleasant environment. With other cities following suit, it is important that the construction industry is seen to be taking a proactive approach, and leading the way in promoting safe cycling.

With cycling deaths hitting a five-year high in 2012, the Scheme would like to take this opportunity to ask the industry to consider how its activities may have an impact on cyclists.

The focus on cycling does not just simply consider safety either. Cycling is a great form of physical exercise and should be an activity that is encouraged both in leisure time and also as a means of transport. The industry should maintain an encouraging and positive attitude towards healthy living for their workforce; cycling is a great addition to consider when keeping fit.

An increase in cycling as a form of transport is also beneficial for the environment and the community. Less vehicles on the road means less pollution and emissions which helps reduce the impact to the environment. It also means less traffic on the roads, which reduces the frustration for other local road users and also reduces the risk of accidents between vehicles. Of course these must be recognised as additional benefits with the safety of such cyclists coming first.

Facts and figures

Here are a few facts on cycling and cycling related accidents:

  • Around 15,000 cyclists are injured each year.
  • Cycling deaths in 2012 hit a five-year high, as 122 cyclists were killed on Britain’s roads.
  • The construction industry operates some 30,000 lorries.
  • In 2011, construction lorries were involved in 7 of 16 cyclist fatalities in Greater London, even though HGVs made up only 5% of motor traffic.
  • Lorries are involved in many collisions that cause life-changing injuries.
  • Pedestrians and motorcyclists are also extremely vulnerable to lorry danger. 

 

 

Law and legislation

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Law and legislation

Cycle safety is maintained through all road users following the law and legislation of road safety. The following law and legislation below highlights exactly how issues within this topic can cross over into a legal matter...

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External resources

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External resources

There are a number of cycling safety campaigns currently running in the UK, with each one designed to raise awareness of the dangers of cycling on public roads. These campaigns provide information, resources and advice on cycle safety and ways of taking action to prevent accidents...

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Examples of best practice

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Examples of best practice

The Scheme aims to improve the image of construction through sharing best practice with the industry. Please find a number of best practice initiatives that have been witnessed by the Scheme's Monitors which are designed to help construction sites minimise the risks to cyclists. These examples are just a small selection of the many initiatives that UK construction sites currently have in place to help reduce the number of cycling related accidents:

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Case studies

Case studies are excellent ways of witnessing just how companies in the industry are managing the issue. Take a look at these recorded examples provided by some of the highest performing contractors in the industry...

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What can you do?

It is vitally important that the industry recognises this issue and continues to take action, and that everyone working in construction considers how their site and its activities, such as deliveries, parking, unloading etc. may impact on cyclists.

You will find below some helpful advice on what can be done to be better prepared and better organised regarding cycle safety:

     1. Develop a detailed Traffic Management Plan which highlights cycle safety routes to and from site

A Traffic Management Plan should be established during the planning phase of the project which considers both on-site and off-site activity. This should give particular reference to cycle routes, areas to avoid and delivery times. A traffic marshal should be present to regulate this plan, ensure a presence and respond to any incidents or safety hazards immediately.

    2. Implement cycle safety and road awareness training for all operatives

Road safety training should be provided to all operatives as part of their induction. Even for employees that do not operate vehicles or use bicycles, it is still highly beneficial to understand how to maintain an awareness on and around roads and follow the guidelines. It is highly recommended to visit the governmental initiative; Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety (CLOCS).

   3. Raise awareness of cycle safety internally and externally on-site

Establish a visible presence within the site office and welfare facilities for employees as well as on hoarding for the general public and visitors. This can be promoted through posters, flyers, documentation and any other resources that provide useful information.

 

As well as the information above, it is also advised to use the resources provided in the ‘External resources’ section of this campaign, which offers a plentiful amount of resources from other organisations and companies that cover the full spectrum of the topic.

The Scheme hopes that the information made available from those organisations listed in this article will help construction sites and companies implement initiatives which raise awareness of cycle safety, and ultimately help reduce the number of construction-related accidents.

It is important to remember that the onus of cycle safety does not rest solely on the actions of construction sites and their activities. It is also the responsibility of the cyclists and other road users to play their part in being safe and responsible around construction activity. The Scheme encourages the industry to engage with the cycling community and work together to understand each other’s challenges.

The Scheme will continue to update this page as new initiatives and case studies are identified. If you would like to share your efforts in raising awareness of cycle safety, please contact the Scheme by emailing enquiries@ccsbestpractice.org.uk 
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Examples of best practice

The Scheme aims to improve the image of construction through sharing best practice with the industry. Please find below a number of best practice initiatives that have been witnessed by the Scheme’s Monitors which are designed to help construction sites minimise the risks to cyclists. These examples are just a small selection of the many initiatives that UK construction sites currently have in place to help reduce the number of cycling related accidents:

Road safety signage for drivers

Published 26 September 2017 | No comments
Written by Wahid Rehman
Categories Behaviour Cycle safety Driver information
CategoriesBehaviour Cycle safety Driver information

We have created simple safety stickers for van drivers to stick on the back of their vans to warn cyclists about passing vans on the left. This has been received very well by the drivers. Plus as they are fitting the warning notice/stickers, it has made then more aware and vigilant of other road users. We have noticed some older…

Loading design guidance

Published 26 September 2017 | No comments
Written by Michael Barratt
Categories Access/egress Cycle safety Driver information Roads Traffic management
CategoriesAccess/egress Cycle safety Driver information Roads Traffic management

In 2014-15, HGVs were involved in 25% of pedestrian fatalities and 60% of cyclist fatalities. The long term impacts from Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Particulate Matter (PM10), a large proportion coming from HGVs, are the cause for over 9,000 deaths each year in London. Negative impacts can often occur when loading facilities are either poorly designed or can only be…

Masterminds of Construction

Published 12 January 2017 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories CLOCS
CategoriesCLOCS

For a second year running, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and ITN Productions have produced a news and current affairs-style programme, introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky. The film highlights how leading construction clients, contractors and fleet operators such as Land Securities, Mace and Tarmac are fulfilling their CDM (Construction Design and Management Regulations) responsibilities through training and the…

Cyclist safety campaign for delivery drivers

Published 27 September 2016 | No comments
Written by Mark Dixon
Categories Access/egress Cycle safety FORS Vehicle enhancements
CategoriesAccess/egress Cycle safety FORS Vehicle enhancements

Statistics are compiled for many uses, what we need to do is use this information to inform, prevent and control. With this in mind we decided to put some statistics into an information flyer and use the “Spotlight on…” theme to raise awareness with our delivery drivers on the growing issue of cyclist safety. We devised a handout based on…

Road Safety – Cyclists and vehicle drivers learning from each other

Published 12 September 2016 | No comments
Written by Julie Brooks
Categories Cycle safety FORS
CategoriesCycle safety FORS

Knowing how important cycling is in Walthamstow with the Mini Holland cycling infrastructure scheme, when we started a new project in Walthamstow, not far from Blackhorse Road tube station, we decided that we would do a road safety event to show local cyclists we are considerate to them but also allow them to have the chance to sit in one…

Cycle Safety Pocket Cards

Published 8 August 2016 | No comments
Written by Gabriel Square Project
Categories Behaviour Cycle safety Initiatives Training
CategoriesBehaviour Cycle safety Initiatives Training

Sharing the Scheme’s aim to raise awareness of cycle safety, Gabriel Square Project is promoting CCS best practice initiative ‘Spotlight on… Cycle Safety’ by creating ‘’Cycle Safety Pocket Cards’’. The cards outline some very important things every driver must consider. These are issued to all delivery drivers visiting our project; by our traffic marshal: Get your mind in gear before getting behind the…

Encouraging cycle safety at BCL – Woodside Academy, Grays, Essex

Published 8 August 2016 | No comments
Written by Brigita Davidonyte
Categories Cycle safety Minimised fuel use Roads Travel plans
CategoriesCycle safety Minimised fuel use Roads Travel plans

We provide communal bikes for our projects so that site personnel can use them to visit local shops and cafes. The use of bicycles has the benefits of being environmentally friendly by producing zero CO2, encouraging students to cycle to school and allows individuals to burn more calories after consuming a big English breakfast! Also in partnership with our contractors…

Spotlight on… campaign flyers

Published 22 June 2016 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Alcohol testing Apprenticeships Campaigns Communication Cycle safety Diversity Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice Illegal workers Inappropriate language Medications Mental health Occupational health risks Posters
CategoriesAlcohol testing Apprenticeships Campaigns Communication Cycle safety Diversity Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice Illegal workers Inappropriate language Medications Mental health Occupational health risks Posters

The Spotlight on… flyers have been designed for general display in and around site welfare facilities. The Scheme provides a collection of A5 flyers from both past and current ‘Spotlight on… ‘ awareness campaigns. Each unique flyer contains information on the industry issue and advice on how to tackle it. This resource has proven valuable for display on site and raising awareness…

Cycle scheme to facilitate transport between sites

Published 22 January 2015 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Cycle safety Minimised fuel use Plan RAMS review Reduce Travel plans
CategoriesCycle safety Minimised fuel use Plan RAMS review Reduce Travel plans

Innovative methods to minimise your sites carbon footprint should be actively sought. Many large projects have a number of sites working simultaneously, requiring operatives and management to regularly travel to and visit various sites, thus transport between sites is a necessity, often increasing the sites carbon footprint. In response to these requirements and increasing environmental problem, many sites have introduced a cycle scheme, to facilitate transport…

Encouraging cycle safety awareness

Published 26 November 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Cycle safety Supply chain
CategoriesCycle safety Supply chain

Cycling is an environmentally friendly mode of transport, which should be encouraged amongst the workforce. However, with an increasing number of cyclists on the roads, accidents and near misses are also on the rise. Awareness of construction-related, cycle safety could be raised through engagement with operatives, the supply chain, local community, schools and cycling groups. Examples of how sites have encouraged…

Encouraging cycle safety

Published 26 November 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Campaigns Cycle safety Identification of near misses
CategoriesCampaigns Cycle safety Identification of near misses

Cycling is an environmentally friendly mode of transport, which should be encouraged amongst the workforce. However, with an increasing number of cyclists on the roads, accidents and near misses are also on the rise. A number of sites have raised awareness of this by doing the following: Created a cycle safety awareness film with the help of a cycle training company; The…

Overcoming cycle safety issues

Published 21 November 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Cultural needs Cycle safety Initiatives Vehicle enhancements
CategoriesCultural needs Cycle safety Initiatives Vehicle enhancements

It is the responsibility of every construction site to do what they can to ensure the safety of cyclists around construction activity. Below are examples of how Crossrail have addressed the issue of cycle safety: 3,500 lorry drivers received cyclist awareness training; Additional safety equipment was made mandatory on all lorries and vans working on Crossrail, including blind spot mirrors and…

Vehicle improvements to increase cycle safety

Published 19 November 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Cycle safety Driver information Inspections Protected and controlled access Supply chain Vehicle enhancements
CategoriesCycle safety Driver information Inspections Protected and controlled access Supply chain Vehicle enhancements

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:…

Low risk movement of vehicles and plant

Published 11 November 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Cycle safety Speed limits
CategoriesCycle safety Speed limits

To ensure the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and other road users, sites should take measures to minimise the risk of vehicle or plant movement, on and around site. Speed limits and good visibility at entrances and exits will help drivers to manage vehicles safely. Banksmen should be available to supervise and guide the movement of vehicles and plant as appropriate, to…

Cycle safety awareness

Published 3 November 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Cycle safety Risk information
CategoriesCycle safety Risk information

It is the responsibility of every construction site to do what they can to ensure the safety of cyclists around the construction site. There are currently many issues surrounding cycle safety, with the need to raise general standards and reduce injuries and fatalities resulting from accidents between cyclists and construction traffic. Below is an example of how awareness of cycle safety has been raised: The…

Cycle safety

Published 29 October 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Access/egress Cycle safety FORS Parking Public diversions Routes Vehicle enhancements
CategoriesAccess/egress Cycle safety FORS Parking Public diversions Routes Vehicle enhancements

It is the responsibility of every construction site to do what they can to ensure the safety of cyclists around construction activity. There is currently a big issue surrounding cycle safety, with the need to continuously raise standards and reduce injuries and fatalities, resulting from accidents between cyclists and construction traffic. Examples of how site managers have considered cyclists include:…

Toolbox Talks

Published 13 October 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Daily briefing Public survey Supervision Toolbox Talk
CategoriesDaily briefing Public survey Supervision Toolbox Talk

A toolbox talk is a short health and safety talk delivered to the workforce, which is focused on a specific site related subject, e.g. ‘fragile roofs.’ The messages are short and clear, with the aim to reinforce regular safety messages and continuously raise awareness. By delivering toolbox talks and sharing best practice in this way, this should help to reduce the number…

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Case studies

Longcross Construction‘s Castle Mill site are supporting their community through promoting the use of bicycles to operatives and have put in place a safety measure to protect the public from construction vehicles. For more information, please click here
VolkerHighways are currently running their own safety awareness campaign in conjunction with the London Borough of Hackney. For more information, please click here
Peter Norris (Haulage) Ltd has joined the TfL’s Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) which offers practical advice and guidance to freight operators in London, to help them drive down costs and become safer and more environmentally-focused drivers. For more information, please click here
Carillion Construction Services make great efforts to get involved in initiatives to improve cycle safety. They have also just recently restructured their Construction Logistics Plans to ensure the safety of cyclists. For more information, please click here
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Law and legislation

Cycle safety is maintained through all road users following the law and legislation of road safety. The following law and legislation below highlights exactly how issues within this topic can cross over into a legal matter:

Road Traffic Act 1988

Cyclists are permitted to use public roads and are therefore required to abide by the statutory regulations and laws that govern road users. This act outlines all the main motoring offences that apply to both motor vehicle users and cyclists. 

Highway Act 1980

Amongst other things, this act defines the duties owed by a local authority to keep road networks maintained and cycle ways in a proper state of repair. 

Road Safety Act 2006

This act was designed to improve road safety and help achieve casualty reduction targets, making it a criminal offence to cause death by careless, or inconsiderate driving. 

Highway Code

First issued under Section 45 of the Road Traffic Act 1930, providing guidance and instruction for road users, including cyclists. 

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External resources

There are a number of cycling safety campaigns currently running in the UK, with each one designed to raise awareness of the dangers of cycling on public roads. These campaigns provide information, resources and advice on cycle safety and ways of taking action to prevent accidents:

  • Transport for London (TfL), in partnership with Barclays Cycle Superhighways, are at the forefront of raising awareness and promoting cycle safety. They have developed a toolkit which offers practical advice to help minimise the risk of collisions between vehicles and vulnerable road users on the Capital’s roads. However, this information is just as applicable for sites based outside of London and provides excellent advice on how to promote safer cycling. Please click here for more information on the toolkit.
  • TfL have also published a number of safety tips on their website for both drivers and cyclists.
  • TfL and University College London (UCL) have a Cycle Safety Ambassador Scheme promoting cycle safety at London universities. They offer free cycling support, training sessions and cycle checks.
  • The London Cycling Campaign aims to transform London into a healthier, cleaner and happier place to live where people can cycle without fear. With regards to cycle safety, they run a successful programme in conjunction with TfL to promote cycling projects across Greater London, including a campaign for safer lorries.
  • The Times newspaper has created a formal campaign to improve awareness of safety to cyclists. The Cities Fit for Cycling campaign manifesto calls for all lorries to be fitted with extra safety measures to protect cyclists and pedestrians.
  • See Me Save Me is a campaign website coordinated by RoadPeace, the national charity for road traffic crash victims, dedicated to reducing lorry danger and saving lives. One of their objectives includes reducing the threat posed by lorries to cyclists and pedestrians, with a focus on eliminating lorry blindspots.
  • The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) publish a wealth of information regarding cycle safety advice and information which can be found here.
  • RoSPA also publish a short video which highlights the dangers faced by cyclists on the road especially when in the vicinity of lorries. Click here to watch the video.
  • The Department for Transport’s THINK! campaign provides road safety information for road users. Their aim is to encourage safer behaviour to reduce the number of people killed and injured on the UK’s roads every year. For more information, please click here.
  • British Cycling is the national governing body for cycling. British Cycling works hard to represent cyclists’ interest at all levels, including campaigning on important issues including road safety. Petitions are set up for GO20 (20mph limit in all residential areas) and cycling awareness in driving tests.

What is currently being done in the industry?

  • Crossrail have undertaken a number of initiatives including training 3500 lorry drivers in cycle awareness; making additional safety equipment mandatory on all lorries and vans working on Crossrail; translating their road safety information into 18 different languages; organising safer cycling awareness events near their construction sites to help cyclists become more aware of the risks of cycling next to lorries and fitting road safety mirrors around their construction site. They have also produced 10 top tips for cycle safety aimed at cyclists. For more information, see here.
  • Crossrail confirmed that they complied with safety demands when contractors started turning away companies whose lorries were not fitted with full safety features. They have written to local councils asking them to impose the same strict rules. Crossrail require their vehicles to meet strict safety standards and have cycle specific safety equipment, blind spot mirrors and detection equipment.
  • The Mineral Products Association (MPA) launched their Cycle Safety Strategy in June 2011. MPA’s position is that there is joint responsibility for road safety. National and central government must ensure that roads and junctions are designed for safety and properly maintained, Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) operators and drivers must take action to minimize the risk of collisions and cyclists and other vulnerable road users must behave responsibly.
  • MPA launched the Vulnerable Road User Safety Policy on 31 October 2012, which included the Cycle Safety Action Plan, a six-point plan to help reduce the number of cycling accidents.
  • As members of the MPA, Lafarge Tarmac have been involved in many cycle safety initiatives over the years, including attending events with demonstrations. June is Lafarge’s Health and Safety Month, and on one occasion they visited a school in Wales to educate pupils about cycle safety and lorry awareness.
  • NCE magazine has reported that a number of major construction clients have voiced their support for the See Me Save Me campaign.
  • One particular Longcross Construction site is promoting cycling and the protection of cyclists on delivery routes. One initiative is to have security stationed on one particular corner a distance away from site (a corner where someone previously had been killed) when large deliveries are being made.
  • Last decade Cemex embarked on an ambitious programme to improve safety for cyclists. They have made numerous safety improvements to its fleet of vehicles. They have held open days for cyclists, to make them aware of how difficult it is for a cyclist to be seen from a driver’s cab. They have organised training for HGV drivers which was delivered by CTC, the national cycling charity. Their campaign has been supported by key organisations such as TfL and the Metropolitan Police. All Cemex vehicles have been equipped with extra mirrors so the blind spot is now visible, as well as rear signage and sensors. Cemex works closely with RoadPeace and RoSPA. For more information, click here.
  • Kier, BAM and Skanska apply Crossrail’s edict that delivery lorries should be ‘cycle-compliant’, and inspect lorries for compliance before letting them onto their sites to deliver or collect.
  • BAM organised its ‘BAM bikes for Macmillan‘ challenge where over 100 employees embarked on a nine-leg 900-mile cycling trip of the UK in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Not only did the challenge raise funds for the charity but also promoted the benefits of cycling to its workforce. BAM is a great supporter of cycling and offers a discounted cycle-to-work scheme on all of its construction projects.
  • GRAHAM Construction workers at the Rolls-Royce site in Derby are being provided with a fleet of recycled bikes to get around the site, allowing them on tracks where cars and other vehicles cannot go. Life Cycle UK’s Bike Back Derby recycling scheme works with prisoners and teaches them skills in cycle mechanics. Once refurbished and checked by a mechanic, the bikes are sold at affordable prices. For more information, click here.
  • Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) aims to achieve a visionary change in the way the construction industry manages work related road risk. CLOCS has developed the CLOCS Standard for construction logistics: Managing work related road risk, a common standard for use by the construction logistics industry. Implemented by construction clients through contracts, it provides a framework that enables ownership in managing road risk which can be adhered to in a consistent way by fleet operators.
  • Cambridge University has launched a lorry safety scheme to protect cyclists and pedestrians. All contractors working for the university are being asked to make safety improvements to their vehicles and provide additional staff training. More information can be found here.
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