Reducing danger on our roads
With a history going back 40 years, LCC has a long track record of work to reduce danger on our roads.
We were promoting ideas such as 20mph speed limits over a decade ago when they were considered radical. Now they're commonplace and 20mph is the default residential area speed limit in many boroughs.
Similarly, in the 1990s when 'road safety' meant keeping kids indoors and wrapping cyclists in more high-viz, we were promoting real road danger reduction: a commitment to removing the danger from motor vehicles, not blaming the victims.
At the same time we’ve helped promote professional standards for cycle training, and our constant lobbying helped ensure that every child in London has free access to cycle training, and all adults also enjoy free or subsidised training from their borough council.
Campaigning for direct vision lorries
In March 2013 LCC challenged the construction industry to adopt 'direct vision' lorries to reduce cyclist and pedestrian fatalities. Our message was: if lorries could be made less dangerous why were they not available now?
Our 2015 Campaign called upon the Mayor to End Lorry Danger and in response to our Sign for Cycling Campaign in 2017 Sadiq Khan committed to make Direct Vision lorries the norm in London. Transport for London has produced a Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and, from October 2020, will be restricting vehicles that don’t meet minimum ‘star ratings’ from entering the capital unless they have additional safety features.
As part of a partnership with TfL and Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) in 2017 LCC produced a series of articles looking at innovative approaches to reducing road danger and improving safety implemented by CLOCS members.
Lorry Safety Project in 2018
We often work with industry to support initiatives and campaigns that reduce road danger. This year we’ve teamed up with Dennis Eagle to provide advice and support to lorry operators on reducing risks to people walking and cycling as well as advising people how to stay safe when cycling near lorries.
Lorry Safety Project in 2019
We continue to work with industry to support initiatives and campaigns that reduce road danger. This year we’ve teamed up with McGee and Mobileye to continue to provide advice and support to lorry operators on reducing risks to people walking and cycling as well as advising people how to stay safe when cycling near lorries. We will be continuing to update this Lorry Safety Website.