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Today was the launch of the Cambridge CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety) initiative, which sees University contractors encouraged to sign up to a shared standard of practice to ensure safer conditions for vulnerable road users.

Initiated by the Estate Development team within the University of Cambridge's Estate Management Division, contractors working on the University’s major capital projects will sign up to make the city a safer place for cyclists and pedestrians in the first scheme of its type outside of London.

Requirements include vehicle modifications such as additional mirrors and presence sensors, driver awareness training, and compliance logs. The first year of the scheme will be voluntary, with all of the University’s major contractors already having signed up. The second year will see the introduction of contractual requirements with ramifications for non-compliance. Ravinder Dhillon, Head of Estate Development at the University of Cambridge, commented, “We are delighted the contractors have reacted so positively to this and we will monitor its progress over the next year in the lead up to it becoming a compulsory scheme with sanctions.” He noted, “The actual cost to contractors is relatively small but these changes can make a big difference to pedestrians and cyclists.”