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Vulnerable Road Users (Cyclists)


Vulnerable Road Users (VRU's) is a collective term used to describe cyclists, motor cyclists and pedestrians.

The three VRU groups cumulatively account for almost 50 per cent of all deaths and 60 per cent of all serious injuries on the roads. The number of cyclists seriously injured has continued to steadily rise since 2004 to 3,294 in 2015, still the second highest year since 1997. (Source - Reported Road Casualties in GB 2015).

Cycle related incidents often involve Large Goods Vehicles (LGV's) in urban environments. These collisions typically involve vehicles turning left at a junction. The cause is usually the cyclist being unaware of the danger and/or the lorry driver failing to observe the cyclist positioned in the vehicle's blind spot. Another common cause of injury is car drivers failing to check for cyclists before opening their doors.

Please see our  'hardfact' document Protecting Vulnerable Road Users (Cyclists) and for more useful advice for both LGV drivers and cyclists visit Brake - Protecting Vulnerable Road Users

It is also becoming increasingly common for employing companies to insist their contractors are members of an accreditation scheme such as the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) or Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety (CLOCS).  These organisations provide access to a comprehensive range of risk management material as well as a quality and performance benchmark for commercial vehicle operators.    See 

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