Club Peloton is committed to endorsing safer cycling initiatives. As part of this we worked directly with the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) towards making the roads we ride safer. As such we were delighted to hear the news that CLOCS has been recognised in this year’s Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards.
On Friday 6 November, CLOCS was awarded the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for safety improvement of construction operations and the push for safer lorry design. CLOCS has also been celebrated as an example of how public sector leadership can catalyse the private sector. More than 15 safer HGV designs with low-entry cabs and larger windows have been created by vehicle manufactures through CLOCS’ stimulus.
Between 2008 and 2012, 53% of cycling fatalities in London involved a vehicle over 3.5 tonnes, despite these vehicles representing just 4% of the road miles travelled in the capital. Analysis of these figures by Transport for London (TfL) found that a disproportionate number of the vehicles were construction related. Of the 16 cycling fatalities in London in 2011, nine involved a large goods vehicle of which seven were construction vehicles.
As a result of these figures and a continued focus on cycle safety, TfL commissioned a review of the construction logistics sector transport activities with an aim of understanding the causes of collisions with vulnerable road users and how they may be prevented. The CLOCS report was published in February 2013, highlighting significant issues and concerns with the way Work Related Road Risk (WRRR) was viewed and managed across the construction industry and made a number of clear recommendations.