February 26th, 2011
A woman whose sister was sadly killed by a lorry whilst out cycling is to be joined by Olympic cyclist Rebecca Romero to work on a campaign to drastically improve road safety for cyclists. Launched by road safety charity Break, the campaign aims to get Europe-wide backing to ensure lorries can see all the blind spots around their vehicles. Kate Cairns, whose 30 year old sister was involved in the tragic accident, will front a team heading out to Strasbourg on Monday, to highlight to danger of blind spots to cyclists and pedestrians. Romero said: “It’s tragic so many cyclists lose their lives each year by being hit by commercial vehicles, often as a result of the driver failing to see them. Yet many of these tragedies could be prevented by devices fitted to vehicles to reduce blind spots. “I’m backing Brake’s campaign calling on all commercial vehicle operators to fit devices that help drivers spot people on bikes and on foot.” The campaign will include a demonstration from leading building materials suppliers, Cemex who have fitted blind-spot devices fitted to all their HGV vehicles.