Today is national #CycletoWorkDay! More and more cyclists are joining the UK roads, especially over the last few summer months. This increase is thanks to the Government's ease of lockdown measures and recent announcement of their most ambitious plans yet, to boost cycling and walking with £2bn due to be invested in UK cycle infrastructure.
PM Boris Johnson said: "From helping people get fit and healthy and lowering their risk of illness, to improving air quality and cutting congestion, cycling and walking have a huge role to play in tackling some of the biggest health and environmental challenges that we face. Now is the time to shift gears boost active travel – so that everyone can feel the transformative benefits of cycling. But to build a healthier, more active nation, we need the right infrastructure, training and support in place to give people the confidence to travel on two wheels."
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We've got a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a shift in attitudes for generations to come, and get more people choosing to cycle or walk as part of their daily routine."
According to Government figures in the National Travel Survey, safety concerns are stopping many people from getting on bikes, with 77% saying cycling safety and infrastructure in towns and cities must improve before they start cycling.
As an industry leader in Plant Hire, Haulage & Transport Services, L Lynch supports the Government's ambitions and are committed to a safer, greener future. Achieving the 'Gold Standard' in the voluntary Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and working towards the Mayor's TFL Direct Vision Standard is highly important to us.
All of our drivers take part in the Safe Urban Driving (SUD) essential training courses, specifically for commercial drivers operating HGVs in Urban Environments; this training involves classroom/online and on-cycle sessions, giving drivers the cyclist's perspective, and consequently improving road safety. Our Transport and Haulage fleet are fitted with various safety systems, including near side lower vision windows in doors, 360 degree cameras, left turn alarms and high visibility signage, all designed to reduce the risk of incidents on our roads.
With this increase of cyclists, especially in London areas, we are taking this opportunity on national #CycleToWorkDay to call on all road users to take extra caution while sharing the roads. Looking out for each other and getting home safely to our families, is all of our responsibility.
Here are some resources to support our message on #CycleToWorkDay:
- The Highway Code: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code
- THINK Cycle Safety for Drivers and Cyclists: https://www.think.gov.uk/cycle-safety/
- Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS): https://www.fors-online.org.uk/cms/about-fors/
- Vision ZERO for London: https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/safety-and-security/road-safety/vision-zero-for-london
- 2020 Cycle Infrastructure Design: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/
- National Travel Survey: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-travel-survey-2018
- L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage: https://www.l-lynch.com/