Two Way Street Campaign
2 Way Street is a new campaign launched by Gail Porter on behalf of Slater & Gordon Lawyers personal injury specialists. The campaign has support from CTC (the Cycling Touring Club), and plans to bring cyclists and lorry drivers together.
A nationwide, independent survey of over 1,000 HGV drivers and over 1,000 cyclists conducted on behalf of Slater & Gordon Lawyers found that:
- 72% of HGV drivers said cyclists should undertake mandatory training
- 98% of cyclists don’t feel safe on the road all of the time
- 53% of HGV drivers felt there should be more cycle lanes
- 35% of cyclists felt that lorries posed a considerable threat to them when on the road
- 73% of HGV drivers worried most about sharing the road with a cyclist more than any other road user
The 2 Way Street survey has looked into the relationship between cyclists and lorry drivers, discovering proof that both parties want more or less the same things so they can share happily the same roads.
The launch of 2 Way Street has fallen in the same month as the launch of Boris Johnson’s Barclay Cycle Hire scheme, so cycling awareness has never been more important.
Paul Kitson, a specialist cycling accident Practice Group Leader at Slater & Gordon Lawyers said “The launch of Boris Johnson’s Barclay Cycle Hire scheme in central London is even more of a reason to draw attention to the relationship between cyclists and HGV drivers in urban areas.”
It is estimated that 40,000 extra cycle trips a day will be made in central London, with 5,000 cycles available for hire.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport has also given its support for the scheme, with Rinku Grewal commenting – “Hazards for all users arise when individuals have less regard than they perhaps ought to have for other road users. In particular, vehicles which are larger and heavier pose much greater potential threat… It is incumbent on all road users to have as their first regard the safety of fellow travellers."
Chris Peck, of the CTC, commented on the benefits of this scheme, mentioning the improvements which must be made in order to improve safety for current cyclists and also to attract new cyclists. He also mentioned that “if a CTC member does have a crash they can access legal advice through the CTC Accident Line, which is operated by Slater & Gordon Lawyers.”