Thanks to London Cycling Campaign, 13 London boroughs have now committed to giving their lorry drivers cyclist-awareness training, up from just a single council a few years ago (read more about the training). Can you help us persuade every council in London to effectively tackle lorry danger by donating £20 to our Safer Lorries campaign? Back in 2009 Lambeth was the only council that took its drivers out of their lorries for a day each year to show them what it’s like cycling on London’s streets. Half the cyclists in London killed each year die in lorry crashes, and cyclist-awareness training for drivers is a key way to reduce lorry danger.
In 2010 they organised a petition calling for all councils to adopt this type of training: 10,000 of you signed, and we presented the petition to the four main political parties at City Hall. They have used our petition to keep the pressure on, and now the number of councils committing to this potentially life-saving training has risen from 1 to 13. These boroughs are Bexley, Camden, City, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow, Islington, Lambeth, Newham, Southwark, Waltham Forest and Westminster. And thanks to their lobbying Transport for London now also insists all its contractors give their lorry drivers cyclist-awareness training.
By constantly lobbying officials, pressuring politicians and highlighting the tragic consequences of lorry fatalities they have succeeded in making this type of training the norm in London. Changing the culture within local councils and Transport for London isn’t easy, but we have a dedicated team of campaigners, including road safety expert and former lorry driver Charlie Lloyd. We’ve had major success in persuading so many councils to raise their game, but there’s still a tremendous amount more that needs to be done in our current campaign, which is asking even more London councils.
Your £20 donation helps the LCC keep our Safer Lorries campaign at the top of the political agenda, preventing more families having to suffer the pain of losing a loved one.