The Construction Logistics & Cycle Safety (CLOCS) group is to exhibit at the London Bike Show for the first time.
The exhibition gets underway on Thursday 12 February.
The CLOCS stand – LB960 – will feature three heavy trucks which, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police, will demonstrate to cyclists the large areas around big vehicles that are potentially invisible to the driver, and some of the improvements CLOCS is pioneering to improve truck safety.
The ‘Exchanging Places’ programme pioneered by the Metropolitan Police puts cyclists in the driver’s seat so they can see and appreciate the blind spots. At the show, CLOCS is aiming to bring together media from the cycle and truck press to participate in the programme.
It complements the Safe Urban Driver training course which puts truck drivers on bikes to experience real world conditions for cyclists.
The stand is being co-funded by 24 CLOCS ‘champions’ – companies from across the construction industry which have signed up to its code of conduct and who are working to improve the safety of their vehicles when operating in congested urban conditions.
“Last year this event attracted over 45,000 cycling enthusiasts from London and across the UK. This year we are reaching out to them to demonstrate both the risks presented by the blind spots around the trucks which deliver vital goods in our major cities and the progress truck operators and manufacturers have made in developing safer vehicles,” said Michael Heduan, driver training and vehicle safety programme manager at Crossrail.
“In 2015 CLOCS will take major strides to roll our programme out further on a national scale and work with truck operators, drivers and cyclists to help tackle the issue of cycle collisions by raising road safety awareness amongst all vulnerable road users.”
CLOCS’ appearance at The London Bike Show comes ahead of its annual progress event on 26 February, also at the ExCeL. This event will include an exhibition of a whole fleet of vehicles that have been designed specifically to improve the driver’s ability to spot cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
The 24 CLOCS champions are: Berkeley Group, Brett Concrete, Cemex, City of London, Construction Plant-hire Association, Crossrail, Day Aggregates, Erith, FM Conway, Keltbray, Lafarge Tarmac, Laing O’Rourke, London Borough of Camden, Mace, McGee, Mineral Products Association, Murphy Group, O’Donovan (Waste Disposal), PJ Carey, Powerday, S Walsh & Sons, Thames Tideway Tunnels, Travis Perkins and Volker Wessels UK.
Between 2008 and 2013, 55% of cyclist fatalities in London involved a heavy goods vehicle. Nationally, large goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are involved in approximately 15% of cyclist and 10% of pedestrian fatalities. A disproportionate number of these were construction vehicles.
In 2012 Transport for London commissioned an independent review of the construction sector’s transport activities to understand the causes of these collisions and how they might be prevented. The resulting report was published in February 2013, and led to the creation of CLOCS to bring together the construction logistics industry to improve road safety.