Campaigners say government cycling video is "victim blaming"

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Campaigners say government cycling video is "victim blaming"

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

The film warns cyclists to hold back to avoid getting caught between a lorry and a left turn. 

Broadcaster Jeremy Vine is among those who have taken to social media after seeing the Department for Transport clip, describing it as bad advice.

Others argue drivers should be urged to look out for other road users.  

A spokesperson for The Department for Transport said: “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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