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London trials new cycle safety mirrors

Posted 7 July 2010
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London trials new cycle safety mirrors
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The mayor of London Boris Johnson has revealed new safety measures designed to protect those who enjoy donning their cycling gear and travelling across London on two-wheels.

As well as 37 new Trixi mirrors, the mayor and Transport for London (TfL) stated that further measures will be trialled in the city to improve cyclist safety.

In a bid to reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists and lorries, a new TfL poster campaign has been launched which highlights the dangers involved with trying to undertake heavy goods vehicles on the left hand side at a junction.

Ben Plowden, director of Better Routes and Places at TfL, said that he hopes the Trixi mirrors and poster campaign will have the desired effect and pointed out the benefits of riding a bike in the capital.

"Cycling is a wonderful way to get around London and the vast majority of cycle journeys are completed safely," he added.

Despite plans to implement new safety features on London's streets, the benefits of riding a bike already outweigh the drawbacks, a team of scientists from the University of Utrecht recently concluded.

Posted by Elaine Arthur