Iris Cepero looks at the risks to cyclists from heavy goods vehicles.

A report by Transport for London early this year suggested that heavy goods vehicles, in particular those in construction, are disproportionally responsible for cyclist accidents in the capital. With ambitious plans for cycling in the coming years, the safety of London roads is, without doubt, everybody’s problem.

John cycles before 8am every day from Putney to the City where he works as an IT consultant in investment banking. He has never had an accident “because I get there early and come back when nobody else is on the road”. He is an experienced cyclist and is not scared of cars, however big they might be, but his girlfriend panics every time she gets a call from an unknown number, expecting the worst. For Matthew, who cycles three times a week from Hackney to Kings’ Cross, taxis, buses and white vans are a nightmare, but he does not fear lorries “maybe because I travel through back roads without trucks”.

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