43% cyclists deaths are caused by large lorries, stop them entering our cities!
19/11/2010 Cyclists in London. Photograph: Antonio Olmos
Scientists working with Invisible Dust such as Professor Frank Kelly have found that high diesel emissions from inner city vehicles are causing high levels of pollution affecting the health of children and the elderly, now new research has found that while only making 4% of trips, large lorries are involved in 43% cyclists deaths.
A study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) looked at police road casualty data over a 15-year period from 1992-2006. This showed that there were 242 cyclists deaths in London, or an average of 16 a year. Heavy goods vehicles were involved in 103 of these. 75% took place at major road junctions.
There has been a 96% increase in the number of people cycling during the last 15 years, however the overall number of deaths hasn’t risen. It is the number of people killed by large lorries that has increased.
There should be a ban on all heavy goods vehicles (over 3.4 tonnes) in cities.
Roger Geffen of CTC, the national cyclists’ organisation, and said lorries were the number one problem for cyclists. “This research is absolutely correct, although cycle use in London is up 117% in the past 10 years, and the total number of cycling fatalities has been going down, the number of cyclists killed by trucks has not.”