Seminar to improve cyclist safety

Seminar to improve cyclist safety

An upcoming motoring event will seek to help cut the amount of accidents between cyclists and commercial vehicles.

Statistics show that 13% of cyclist collisions involve trucks, vans, coaches and buses, prompting road safety charity Brake to take action.

The half-day seminar will focus on blind spots and manoeuvring and Brake is encouraging managers to get involved the event.

Roslyn Cumming, professional engagement manager at Brake, said: "Addressing the risks associated with vehicle blind spots and manoeuvring vehicles, including reversing, is an essential part of fleet safety policies and procedures. In light of these survey results, it has never been more important for fleets to address the costs of road crashes and build a reputation for road safety.

"I urge managers of all types of fleets, from cars to commercial vehicles, to attend."

Some 16% of crashes between commercial vehicles and bicycles end up with the cyclist either killed or seriously injured and up to a third of drivers involved in a crash will suffer psychological problems for up to 12 months after the collision.

The seminar, which will take place in Birmingham on May 28, will look at the risks associated with vehicle blind spots and manoeuvring vehicles.

Experts from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Metropolitan Police will lead the session.

Copyright Press Association 2013