Campaigners encouraged by progress on cycle safety

Fiona Hall MEP and Kate Cairns in Brussels.
Fiona Hall MEP and Kate Cairns in Brussels.

Cycle-safety campaigners have joined forces with Olympic gold-medalist Chris Boardman to support tighter EU rules aimed at cutting the number of road deaths.

Kate Cairns, from north Northumberland, whose sister Eilidh was killed while cycling to work in London, attended the event in Brussels last Wednesday on behalf of the See Me, Save Me campaign.

She was joined by North East Lib Dem MEP Fiona Hall, whose work spearheading the issue through Parliament has been recognised by national safety charity Brake.

The event comes ahead of a vote in the European Parliament next month on proposals to redesign lorry cabs to eliminate lethal blind spots.

Kate said: “It is exactly five years since we lost my sister, Eilidh, after she was run down from behind by a tipper lorry. The driver didn’t see her.

“The See Me, Save Me campaign calls for mandatory elimination of lorry blind-spots.

“It’s a painfully slow process with much tragedy in the meantime, but I am encouraged by this momentum and welcome the opportunity to join forces to continue the fight to reduce such violent death and injury on our roads.”

Fiona Hall MEP said: “Improving the design of lorries will help save lives.

“The lorries on our roads come from all over Europe so it is particularly important that we act at the European level on this issue.”