Logistics for Cycling
Logistics for Cycling is a campaign to aid and publicise the work the logistics industry is doing to promote vulnerable road user (pedestrian, motorcyclist and especially cyclist) safety; it also seeks to develop actions our members can contribute to collectively or individually to take things further. Our members are investing their money and staff and vehicle time to take actions that they believe will improve the safety of everyone on the roads – all above and beyond what anyone is requiring of them through regulation. Logistics for Cycling aims to draw together and focus this work to maximise the benefit for society.
Whilst data on other areas of road traffic safety (including other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and motorcyclists) are constantly improving, progress on cycling safety has stalled – albeit at significantly safer levels than in previous decades. Hgvs, which move more than 80 per cent of Britain’s road freight, are involved in around 4-5 per cent of collisions with cyclists (in line with the proportion of motor traffic that they make up) but these incidents result in around 20 per cent of cyclist fatalities across the UK. Hence improving cyclist safety is the priority issue for logistics operators in the safety debate.
Sharing the road safely in future will depend on an accommodation being struck between different road users: behaving responsibly for their own sake and the safety of others, and working to constantly improve road safety levels.
'Shared Vision' is a document commissioned by FTA setting out examples of the good work logistics companies can and are doing to improve safety on the roads for vulnerable road users. The document gives a flavour of the range of work that many companies are doing that they and FTA believe result in improved safety on the roads. Actions include upgrading vehicles, developing improved training and taking part in community education initiatives with cyclists and in schools.
With 'Shared Vision' we are seeking to promote within and outside our industry the good practice that goes on today. Our members are investing their money and staff and vehicle time in taking actions that they believe will improve the safety of everyone on the roads – all above and beyond what anyone is requiring of them through regulation.
These events allow people to sit in the driver's seat of an hgv or bus to get a better understanding of what the driver can and can’t see, especially in respect of cyclists on the nearside and directly in front of the vehicle. These experiences are made possible by logistics companies providing vehicles and drivers for free for the duration of the session. Watch the video below for tips on how to be safe around hgvs and more details about 'Exchanging Places'.
What else is FTA doing?
FTA and its members take this issue very seriously and a lot of work has been undertaken to understand the risks and causes of collisions and to invest in the most effective ways of reducing the hazards. FTA promotes the importance of the issue and best practice responses to it amongst its members - through publications, events and discussion forums. The Association contributes to Department for Transport and Transport for London (TfL) work streams aimed at increasing the safety of cyclists – such as London’s Cycle Safety Working Group. The Association also supports the roll-out of the TfL-led Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) Standard and increased enforcement efforts against hgvs in London that do not comply with safety requirements. FTA has campaigned in Brussels to allow greater flexibility in the design of hgvs to enable more safety features to be added. We are currently chairing a consortium working on maximising the use of off-peak deliveries – with the aim of getting more hgvs out of the rush hour when most cyclists are on the roads. We oppose seeking solutions through simplistic regulatory measures as these can often disproportionately affect specialised vehicles that are not necessarily over-represented in accidents. FTA has also previously developed a Cycling Code in conjunction with other key stakeholders. Find out about FTA's Cycling Code.
Safe Urban Drivng training programme
FTA in Northern Ireland has joined forces with the walking and cycling charity Sustrans to create Safe Urban Driving - a best practice training programme to help prevent collisions with vulnerable road users in an urban environment.
The accredited course has been developed by the FTA and Sustrans in partnership with Cycle Training UK (CTUK) and is funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Belfast Strategic Partnership. Find out more about the Safe Urban Driving training programme.
Safety tips for cyclists and drivers
Check out these tips for cyclists and hgv drivers:
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