Yield to

Designing And Building
Safer Cities For Walking
And Cycling


  • 10-point manifesto covers action areas for both the construction industry and other road users
  • The CICC calls on members of the construction industry to follow the manifesto recommendations

The manifesto has been developed based on key findings from CICC-commissioned research with transport planning consultancy, Phil Jones Associates and TMS Consultancy Ltd (see PDF). With an initial focus on London, key research findings revealed that:

  • Whilst HGVs only account for 3.5% of traffic across London, they are involved in 57% of crashes in which a cyclist has been killed (2007 – 2014). Many of those accidents are with HGVs involved in construction activities
  • 76% of collisions occurred at junctions
  • 62% of cycle fatalities at traffic signals involve large vehicles turning left or moving off, with 23% where there is not an Advanced Stop Line or feeder lane, making cyclists invisible to drivers in truck cabs


  1. For all property developers and contractors to recognise that health and safety on the road is as important as it is on site
  2. For cycle safety to be part of the Considerate Constructors’ accreditation, ensuring that all lorries used on sites have the requisite safety features, and that drivers are properly trained
  3. For the industry – large and small organisations – to adopt the CLOCS standard as a default requirement on all construction schemes in London and other major cities, and wherever significant interaction between HGVs and cyclists can be expected
  4. For property developers to use hoarding and wraps of new developments to deploy helpful safety advice for cyclists and drivers
  5. For investment in safer vehicles to be made ahead of regulation, such as direct vision cabs, skirts, and specific safety standards and equipment
  6. For the construction industry to fast-track discussion and action around changes to vehicle safety, which might include the retrofitting of older vehicles and retiming of journeys to avoid morning peak hours
  7. For design professionals to be better trained in the design and planning of safer environments for vulnerable road users
  8. For the construction industry to support training for all road users
  9. For the construction industry to support the campaign for greater separation between cyclists and HGVs in time and/or space at junctions and on links, and helping to disseminate information on primary routes used by HGVs
  10. For the construction industry to support more detailed research to understand the circumstances surrounding lorry/cyclist collisions to identify the root cause of injuries, fatalities and near misses

The Commission calls for contractors,
sub-contractors, developers, planners, highway
engineers and designers to submit evidence (from
best practice to significant failings) to form the basis
of a report to illustrate how the industry specifically
can both save and enhance lives. Let us know what
you are doing and what you would like to change.

The Commission was formed following the death
of planning consultant Francis Golding in a cycling
accident in November 2013.


Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture
Mike Hussey, CEO, Almacantar
Matt Mason, Director, Crosstree
Steve Whyman, Managing Director, Broadgate Estates
Charles Rifkind, Partner RLP
Robert West, Urban Designer and Regeneration Planner
J-J Lorraine, Co-founding Director, Morrow + Lorraine
Claire Treanor, Planning Consultant, Treanor Consulting
Alex Scott-Whitby, ScottWhitbyStudio,
Michael McGee, McGee Group
Sarah Jenkinson, Tibbalds Planning and Urban design
Geoff Rich, Managing Partner, Fielden Clegg Bradley
Clive Johnson, Group Head of Health and Safety, Land Securities
Tom Bailey, Buckley Burnett Ltd
Stuart Ford, Cycle Lead, City of London Police
Ray Bryant, Secretary to the Commission and Architect


Fleet operators’ responsibility:

  • To be certified by an approved independent audit body such as the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)
  • To report all collisions to their client or contracting entity
  • To ensure that agreed vehicle routes to sites are adhered to
  • That vehicles over 3.5 tonnes have warnings to other road users not to get too close to the vehicle
  • To fit side-guards to all rigid mixer, tipper and waste type vehicles over 3.5 tonnes
  • That all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes have front, side and rear blind-spots completely eliminated or minimised through a combination of direct and indirect vision aids and driver audible alerts.
  • That all drivers undergo training and continued professional development covering the safety of vulnerable road users
  • Clients’ responsibilities
  • That a Construction Logistics Plan is in place and is fully complied with.
  • That the condition of sites is suitable for vehicles fitted with safety features and side under-run protection
  • That access to and egress from the site is appropriately managed, clearly marked, understood and clear of obstacles
  • That a suitable risk assessed vehicle route to the site is specified and that the route is communicated to all contractors and drivers
  • That options to reduce peak hour deliveries to a site have been considered and, where identified, arrangements to minimise peak hour deliveries implemented
  • That undue pressure is not placed on drivers to meet time slots