Could a New Truck Design Save Cyclists' Lives?
London Cycling Campaign
Ask any urban cyclist and they’ll tell you that riding beside a tractor trailer—or any large truck, really—is a stressful experience: you don’t know if the truck is going to suddenly change lanes or turn, and you have no way to know if the driver sees you.
“Half the cyclist deaths in Greater London involve lorries, even though they make up only 5-percent of the traffic.”
In a new initiative, the LCC proposed an urban truck design that eliminates much of the blind spot surrounding a truck’s cab and adds other safety features to make these large vehicles more city-friendly.
The safety features include:
• A lower driving position for a better view of the road
• More and larger windows surrounding the cab
• Lower bumper clearance and side guards to prevent cyclists from falling under the wheels if hit
• And early warning cameras to signal if a collision is about to occur
Whether or not this design is immediately practicable is only part of the point: with greater and greater urban density and more cyclists on the road, it’s about time there was pressure to design vehicles around everyone’s safety.