Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cyclists at Greatest Risk from Lorries, School Says; Tragic Accident: The Cyclist Crushed under This Truck Was Airlifted to Hospital amid Fears He Could Lose His Legs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cyclists at Greatest Risk from Lorries, School Says; Tragic Accident: The Cyclist Crushed under This Truck Was Airlifted to Hospital amid Fears He Could Lose His Legs

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

LORRIES turning left in traffic are the "greatest danger" facing cyclists in London, experts behind a new cycle training course said today.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists which since 1956 has tutored motorists in the finer points of driving has launched a new course aimed at bicycle commuters.

It has already begun training hundreds of riders from London firms including BSkyB, Visa and GlaxoSmithKline. Later this year it will train staff at the Solihull headquarters of Land Rover.

Today after two cyclists died and one was seriously injured on London's roads in the past week because of collisions with lorries it urged cyclists to give lorries an "extra wide berth".

On Wednesday a woman cyclist was killed when she was hit by a lorry at the junction of Southampton Row and Vernon Place in Holborn.

Last week, father-of-two Nick Wright was killed by a lorry in Upper Thames Street. And a 30-year-old cyclist is recovering in hospital after both his legs were crushed under a truck in Kensington High Street last week.

The man was airlifted from the scene, during the morning rush-hour, with fears both of his legs would have to be amputated.

A Met spokesman confirmed he had suffered "life-altering" injuries.

"Cyclists often just do not realise the high level of danger from trucks," said IAM spokesman, and cyclist, Vince Yearley.

"They don't always realise they can't be seen in the truck's mirrors and they get in the wrong position on the road.

"This is one of the key features of our new courses which are aimed at showing cyclists especially novices how they can ride in London and stay safe."

The IAM said the "golden rules" were for cyclists to stay "well clear" of lorries and to ensure they could be seen at all times. "It doesn't just mean wearing bright clothing; you also have to keep out of the lorry driver's blind spots," Mr

Yearley said. …

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