Belfast Telegraph

Truckers get lesson in cycling

Lorry drivers are being asked to swap their cabs for cycle lanes as part of a new road safety initiative.

It is hoped the new training course, where truckers bike around Belfast, will help cut the number of collisions.

Karen Mawhinney, from the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, said the scheme would protect vulnerable road users.

She said: "As the number of cyclists increase, we have seen a rise in casualties, particularly involving lorries."

A total of 30 pedestrians and cyclists have been killed on the roads in Northern Ireland in the past three years.

The new safety scheme, partly funded by the Public Health Agency, was piloted with 10 Belfast City Council drivers in June.

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