Lorry redesigned to prevent cyclist deaths
News: a London cycling organisation has come up with a concept for a lorry with no blindspot to reduce the number of cyclists killed in collisions.
The Safer Urban Lorry would have a lower cab and larger windows than most trucks, allowing the driver to spot cyclists and pedestrians in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle.
With the additional help of a 360 degree camera, the design would eliminate the driver's blindspot and reduce the likelihood of the lorry crushing a cyclist as it makes a left turn – the cause of most fatal cycling collisions in London.
Reducing the gap between the underside of the lorry and the ground would also help to push cyclists away in the event of a collision, rather than dragging them underneath the wheels.
According to the London Cycling Campaign, the organisation behind the design, lorries make up 5% of the traffic in Greater London but are involved in half the cyclist deaths. A large proportion of pedestrian fatalities in cities also involve lorries.
We recently featured a bollard with a foot rest and handle to help cyclists keep their balance at traffic lights and magnetic bicycle lights that turn on as soon when they touch the steel frame – see all cycling design.
We've also featured lots of bikes on Dezeen, such as Philippe Starck's scooter-like design for a free cycle scheme in Bordeaux and a conceptual see-through bike frame – see all bicycles.