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Councillor meets key players in cycle safety fight

March 12, 2012 10:32 AM

Cambridge City Councillor, Colin Rosenstiel pressed on his the fight to get better protection for cyclists when he met up with two key players in the national campaign.

A keen cyclist, Cllr Rosenstiel, who represents Market ward, discussed the threat to cyclists from heavy lorries around Cambridge when he met MP Alan Beith and Euro MP, Fiona Hall at the Lib Dem conference in Gateshead at the weekend.

Mr Beith has put forward a Private Members Bill - supported by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert - calling on the government to introduce new measures to protect vulnerable road users, including making it compulsory for lorries to be fitted with sensors to detect the presence of riders.

And Ms Hall was instrumental in getting European law on cycle safety changed.

Cllr Rosenstiel won support for his Cambridge City Council motion which called on the government to improve cycle safety and the city became the first in the country to support the Times "Cities Fit for Cycling" campaign.

He said: "We have a great deal of construction taking place around the city and heavy lorries on our roads pose a real threat to our cyclists.

"The government needs to act now to make it compulsory for all lorries to be fitted with sensors so that drivers know when cyclists are near. This would go a long way to cutting down the deaths and injuries on our roads.

"Crossrail has made it compulsory for lorries working on the project to be fitted with safety equipment. This move is bringing benefits to Cambridge as some of the lorries are working here but has to be rolled out nationally. I cannot see why the transport industry is holding back.