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 firstname.lastname@example.org