Today is national #CycletoWorkDay! More and more cyclists are joining the UK roads, especially over the last few summer months. This increase is thanks to the Government's ease of lockdown measures and recent announcement of their most ambitious plans yet, to boost cycling and walking with £2bn due to be invested in UK cycle infrastructure.
PM Boris Johnson said: "From helping people get fit and healthy and lowering their risk of illness, to improving air quality and cutting congestion, cycling and walking have a huge role to play in tackling some of the biggest health and environmental challenges that we face. Now is the time to shift gears boost active travel – so that everyone can feel the transformative benefits of cycling. But to build a healthier, more active nation, we need the right infrastructure, training and support in place to give people the confidence to travel on two wheels."
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We've got a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a shift in attitudes for generations to come, and get more people choosing to cycle or walk as part of their daily routine."
According to Government figures in the National Travel Survey, safety concerns are stopping many people from getting on bikes, with 77% saying cycling safety and infrastructure in towns and cities must improve before they start cycling.
As an industry leader in Plant Hire, Haulage & Transport Services, L Lynch supports the Government's ambitions and are committed to a safer, greener future. Achieving the 'Gold Standard' in the voluntary Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and working towards the Mayor's TFL Direct Vision Standard is highly important to us.
All of our drivers take part in the Safe Urban Driving (SUD) essential training courses, specifically for commercial drivers operating HGVs in Urban Environments; this training involves classroom/online and on-cycle sessions, giving drivers the cyclist's perspective, and consequently improving road safety. Our Transport and Haulage fleet are fitted with various safety systems, including near side lower vision windows in doors, 360 degree cameras, left turn alarms and high visibility signage, all designed to reduce the risk of incidents on our roads.
With this increase of cyclists, especially in London areas, we are taking this opportunity on national #CycleToWorkDay to call on all road users to take extra caution while sharing the roads. Looking out for each other and getting home safely to our families, is all of our responsibility.
Here are some resources to support our message on #CycleToWorkDay:
Lynch focus on the safety of Vulnerable Road Users
Lynch is proud to focus on the safety of Vulnerable Road Users this Cycle to Work Day, with a Safe Urban Driving Course at our Southern Depot. Safe Urban Driving is a course for drivers of all vehicles, including HGV’s, vans and cars, helping ...
Thumbs up, Red Zone and IFE Safety Talks
Plant People Interface is often recognised as one of the top 5 safety risks on construction sites and our 'Thumbs Up' campaign has been, and always will be, something we take great pride in delivering. We work with Operators to reduce the risk...
Lynch feature in FORS The Standard magazine
An exciting feature in The Standard magazine, with an in-depth look at FORS Gold and a showcase of our latest Scania UK low entry tippers. Great collaborative efforts within our Haulage and Transport Team, continually improving our standards and con...