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Construction logistics and cyclist safety Technical report

Author: E Delmonte, J Manning, S Helman, D Basacik, J Scoons, J Chappell, J Stannard, M Jones, I Knight
Pages: 173
Reference: PPR639
Publish Date: 16/01/2013
ISBN: 978-1-908855-29-9
Keywords: TRL, Transport Research Laboratory, TfL, Transport for London, safety, bicycle, cyclist, construction, logistics, HGV, Heavy goods vehicle, lorry, collision, risk, fatality, accident

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.

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