Row breaks out over Department for Transport cycling advice video over "victim blaming"

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Row breaks out over Department for Transport cycling advice video over "victim blaming"

A row has broken out over a new government safety video - which campaigners have labelled as victim blaming.

The film warns cyclists to hold back - so as to not get caught between a lorry and a left turn. 

Many people have taken to social media - including the Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine after seeing the Department for Transport clip.

Mr Vine described it as bad advice. Others argue it should be drivers who are urged to look out for the cyclists.  

Caroline Russell is an Assembly Member for the Green Party at City Hall.

In response to the video the Department for Transport sent the following statement: “We want to protect vulnerable road users by raising awareness of specific dangers, and research shows that a large number of road incidents involving cyclists are with lorries at junctions.

"The THINK! road safety campaign is aimed at cyclists, motorists and HGV drivers, and they all have a role to play in improving safety.”

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