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FTA calls for joined-up cycle safety approach

There needs to be a joined up, multi-faceted approach to improving cycle safety that includes driver and cyclist training, additional safety equipment on vehicles and improved junction design, a Freight Transport Association fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham heard yesterday.

FTA managing director of policy James Hookham said that the “fragmented” approach by major construction clients such as Transport for London and Crossrail to the adoption of additional safety equipment such as side guards and extra mirrors was causing “consternation” among members. TfL is now urging all London boroughs to adopt similar requirements.

“Some of these modifications, such as the fitment of strobe lights, conflict with the requirements of the annual test and do not meet EU lighting regulations,” he said. “The FTA wants everyone to set a single specification rather than there being a free for all.”

The FTA is working on a design for a warning sign to be fitted to all large vehicles clearly telling cyclists to stay away from the nearside at junctions.

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