Birmingham City Council

Safer cycling near HGV’s

Safer cycling near HGV’s

HGV’s have significant blind spots where cyclist are invisible. Follow the tips below to protect yourself.


  • Cycle sensibly and assertively to help yourself stay safe
  • Recognise that lorry drivers may not be able to see you
  • Never cycle up the left hand side of a lorry stopped at a junction
  • Look out for lorries turning left from beside or behind you.
  • Don’t stop too close to the front of a stopped lorry.
  • Take up a visible position at lights: three metres out in front and not by the left kerb or very close to the lorry.

If you wish to find out more then follow the link below for more information regarding cycling safely near lorries. The link offers a 3D poster so that you can see for yourself how large the HGV blind spot. You can watch a video on safer cycling near lorries.

Birmingham City Council and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) are forming a closer working relationship to improve cycling safety through greater driver and cyclist awareness.

Starting with a presentation by the FTA at the Cycling Forum in May, the partnership will arrange various events involving HGV’s and cyclists to reduce areas of risk and understand each others needs. The partnership will also look to develop Birmingham Cycling Concordat with the Freight Transport Association.