March 24, 2008
A Little Less Blind
The City of London is distributing 10,000 free blind-spot mirrors to truckers in a move aimed at addressing 9 deaths of cyclists in collisions with trucks last year. The cost is not given, but it's part of a £49.6m road safety campaign.
Should the City of Portland do something similar? Could we find a foundation to fund it?
March 24, 2008 2:50 PM
AL M Says:
London (UK) has done much more in the way of road safety, not just for this, but for buses too!
I got a bunch of stuff about their bus safety program that I never put up on my blog, they really do good stuff over there.
March 24, 2008 3:36 PM
Michael H. Wilson Says:
Nice point Al. Last I heard they had something like 30 companies running some 8000 buses under governnmewnt oversight. At least they had the moxie to try something different and saved money as well.
March 24, 2008 3:42 PM
Interesting idea. Cost-wise, that's really cheap for the lives it'll save. In bulk, they'll probably cost a couple of bucks apiece.
March 25, 2008 5:22 AM
Small, but not unimportant detail:
It is not the City of London, but Transport for London that is responsible for this initiative. TfL is the transportation arm of the Greater London Authority, which is the unitary body responsible for the entire metropolitan area of Greater London. The City of London is the responsible authority for one of the 30 odd subdivisions (boroughs, actually CIty of London is a corporation not a borough, but let's not confuse the issue too much) within Greater London.
It's also interesting to note that 'proper' blind-spot mirrors that eliminate near-side 'blind-spots' cost only £100 ($200).
April 6, 2008 6:24 PM
AL M Says:
Just came across a couple of good vids on London's attempt to promote traffic safety: