It’s today – but I don’t actually have a job at the moment. I do hope to cycle to the church later on though [it is our special Week of Prayer, for the start of the autumn programme]. Bob has been cycling there and back a lot. Liz and Jon are away on a cycling holiday. Really pleased that this week some new legislation has come into force
A ban on “unsafe” lorries has come into effect in London in a bid to protect cyclists. Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in the capital must now be fitted with side guards to help prevent bike-users from being dragged under wheels in the event of a crash.
Statistics released by Transport for London in June revealed that more people than ever are cycling in the capital, with around 23 million journeys made a year. But campaigners say the roads remain unsafe. Eight cyclists have already died this year in London – with seven of these deaths involving HGVs. Since 2014, over 400 cyclists have been seriously injured on London roads, while 13 people died last year and 14 died in 2013.
I know that the Freight Transport Association are unhappy and feel it’s unfair that all operators are being forced to spend the money, when it is only a minority who cause accidents. But I am inclined to respond ‘tough’!! The rule is there to protect the majority from the foolishness of the minority. Surely this is the case with most of our safety regulations?