Freewheeler has written a post today reporting the sad news that the cyclist Peter McGreal has died, a week after he was struck by a hit-and-run lorry driver in Bethnal Green. The driver was subsequently arrested on a charge of causing death by careless driving, and bailed until September.
This is, of course, just the latest in a long line of fatalities in London at the hands of HGVs. There are ongoing safety and awareness campaigns – such as Exchanging Places – which are a good thing in their own right. However, I don’t think they are addressing the root problem, which is a hard core of obviously reckless lorry drivers. There are plenty of well-driven lorries on London’s roads, but it’s the minority of lunatics that pose the danger, and I can’t really see safety campaigns affecting the way they drive.
I follow a limited number of helmet camera cyclists on youtube, but in only the last two days, these three dangerous HGV drivers have been captured in London –
The problem is these drivers thinking they can get away with driving like this. They’re not stupid – they probably can.