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Truckers to bike round Belfast in new safety drive

Published 03/08/2015

Truckers will be swapping juggernauts for two wheels
Truckers will be swapping juggernauts for two wheels

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.

Last month, a cyclist was seriously injured after becoming trapped under a bus in West Belfast.

In April a 25-year-old cyclist was hit by a car in the south of the city.

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

Seamus Leheny from the (FTA), said: "Our members take road safety awareness very seriously and are working hard to reduce fatalities involving lorries on the road."

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