Cycling campaigners angry at new government safety video that warns them to hang back from turning lorries
26 September 2016
Cycling campaigners today hit out at an “awful” road safety video which they say blames cyclists for crashes with lorries.
The “victim blaming” film clip sparked a backlash after it was released by the Department for Transport’s Think! campaign.
The 30-second long clip warns cyclists to “hold back” in a bid not to “get caught between a lorry and a left turn”.
The footage – entitled “things you shouldn’t get caught between” – appears to show a cyclist getting hit by a lorry as the vehicle turns left at a junction.
The crash is interspersed with hard-hitting clips of men boxing, a building being demolished and a man chopping up meat.
However, furious viewers claim the lorry in the video overtakes the bike – causing the collision.
Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine, a keen cyclist, was among those who reacted angrily at the video.
He wrote: “Truck overtakes cyclist and turns left across him, and this awful road safety advert blames the cyclist.
“It also associates cycling with active meat cleavers and that ain’t gonna help get my wife/family on their bikes,” he added.
Truck overtakes cyclist and turns left across him, and this awful road safety advert blames the cyclist.
10:02 AM – 26 Sep 2016
London Assembly member Caroline Russell has called on Think! to change the advert to aim the advice at lorry drivers and “ask them to stay back from people cycling to avoid them being exposed to the risk of causing a crushing collision”.
She told the Standard: “The government quite clearly shows they have not got the first idea about how to reduce danger for people cycling.
“Their film shows an HGV lorry overtake riskily at a junction and turn left in a classic left hook crash, yet their message is a victim blaming call for the cyclist to stay back – what they should be doing here is protected lorry drivers from the horror of causing life-changing injuries to a cyclist or potentially killing them.
“Until we adopt a road danger reduction approach to keeping people safe on our streets, the miserable toll of death and injury on our streets will continue.”