A new cycling campaign by the Department for Transport (DfT) aims to encourage cyclists in London and Manchester to ‘hang back’ from Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV’s). This is after statistics indicated that a fifth of traffic collisions where cyclists were killed involved HGV’s; a third of these incidents occurred when HGV’s were turning left.
The DfT are said to be investing £300 million over the next 4 years, to help make the roads safer for those on two wheels. Although the campaign focuses on cyclist’s relationships with HGV’s, tips are also being given on interactions with cars. The DfT are hoping that by further educating cyclists about the dangers on the road, cycling will become safer and the number of incidents will reduce.
Whether you’re a driver or a cyclist, find out how you can keep the road safe by looking out for more information on the THINK Hang Back campaign at http://think.direct.gov.uk/, here you will find tips on how to stay safe when cycling on the roads! Let us know your thoughts on how to improve safety on the roads by tweeting us #Hangback.