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just received this tip from London Cycling Campaign(6 posts)

just received this tip from London Cycling CampaignMJ
Sep 24, 2002 3:03 AM
"Insider Dealing Doesn't Pay"

Don't you love riding a bike in London? I do.

You can breeze past the traffic, weaving your way through the cars and buses. I don't take unnecessary risks, but I do get a buzz getting to the front.

But what happens at the next lights, when there's a big lorry? Can you get by inside? There seems to be space...

Hold on! the gap's closing - the truck is turning left.

You haul on the brakes just in time to watch the lorry clip the kerb. Exactly where you would have been a second later.
With a shiver, you realise you would have been under those wheels. The driver wouldn't even have seen you.

We've all been there. But a friend of mine was not so lucky. A friend with a family, who loved his cycling. Everyone misses him.

Cycling is not dangerous - in fact, it's good for you - but it's worth remembering that four in every ten cyclist fatalities in London involve a lorry.

* When you see a lorry, hold back - it could be turning left.
* Please help keep cycling safe: forward this message to a friend or colleague who rides a bike.

This message was sent by Transport for London, Street Management and the London Cycling Campaign as part of their current campaign with the Freight Transport Association to promote greater awareness between cyclists and lorry drivers.

A donation was made to RoadPeace, the charity that works for and on behalf of road traffic victims.

For more details on the campaign, visit
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/streets/cyclelorry_index.shtml

For information on other London Cycling Campaign activities, visit www.lcc.org.uk
Help me here...biknben
Sep 24, 2002 4:57 AM
My vault of useless knowledge does not include the definition of "Lorry". I assume it's some type of truck but what sets it apart from other trucks and commercial vehicles?
Help me here...Nigey
Sep 24, 2002 5:07 AM
English to American:

Lorry = truck

No difference really. A lorry isn't any kind of particular truck, just a catch all word. It can be applied to a small truck with four wheels or a huge one with 10+ wheels.
At least it wasn't a bus. That's different right? ; ) nmSintesi
Sep 24, 2002 7:40 AM
They're not a problemEager Beagle
Sep 24, 2002 8:21 AM
the squishy kids soak up the impact...
I had causeMJ
Sep 24, 2002 9:18 AM
to do a track stand behind a turning bus last week at a set of lights and took particular note of the back part swinging out (and speeding up) during the turn - it's not a place you wanna be caught - real life physics is impressive