This research explored the reasons for the apparent disproportionately high involvement
of construction vehicles in cyclist fatalities in London. Of the 26 cyclist fatalities that
occurred in London in 2010 and 2011, 9 (35%) involved a vehicle used for construction.
The purpose of the research was to identify potential measures that could be
implemented to help avoid such collisions in the future. Six research activities were
undertaken. These were an analysis of collision and exposure data, a literature review,
an overview of safety issues relating to vehicle routing and delivery restrictions (focusing
on Construction Logistics Plans), 3D scans of three vehicles to investigate the visibility of
cyclist to drivers, observational drives, and interviews with individuals involved in
construction sites. The key findings were that road risk tends to be viewed as less
important than general health and safety risk in the construction industry, and that
clients and principal contractors on construction projects tend not to take responsibility
for road risk in the same way that they do for general health and safety risk. A number
of more specific findings are described, along with recommendations for action.