Cycling around large vehicles is a dangerous activity and it can lead to fatalities so very easily. If you keep up with the news in London you may remember a series of fatalities that occurred in the city in November 2013. Five cyclists died in just nine days in the capital, and they all involved large vehicles – lorries, coaches or buses.
The most important thing to remember is that you are far smaller than these large vehicles. They are so big that the driver has significant blind spots. Even when they regularly use their mirrors and are responsible and safe road users, if a cyclist goes into one of those blind spots the driver will not be able to see them.
This means you should avoid cycling around large vehicles if you possibly can. Unfortunately many cyclists are unaware of how dangerous this can be. They see a queue of traffic at the lights and see a path along the inside near the pavement that is free for them to cycle along. It’s tempting to save a few seconds on your journey but if your path takes you along the inside of a large vehicle it could lead to a tragic accident.
What might happen if you try this manoeuvre?
Fatalities and serious injuries are easily possible if you cycle close to a large vehicle. It is always best to assume the driver cannot see you and therefore does not know you are there and cannot leave enough room for you. Keep your distance from them and never pass them on the inside. One incident involved both the driver and the cyclist turning left, and the cyclist never stood a chance. Make sure you do not become one of these harrowing statistics and keep to a safe distance in order to keep yourself safe.
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Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown