Tower Transit in Partnership with Surface Transport
Exchanging Places events focus on understanding the dangers and risks of collisions between cyclists and HGV drivers. A bus is added at particular locations, so that cyclists have an opportunity to also understand the risks associated with cycling on the nearside of a bus and the different ‘blind spots’.
On Thursday 27 March, an Exchanging Places event took place from 07:30 to 10:00 at Procter Street (Red Lion Square, Holborn – by the route 98 stand) , using a bus and a lorry.
Cyclists frequently pass buses on the nearside and numerous bus drivers have expressed their concerns about the dangers and risks of collisions between cyclists and buses, especially when they are turning or pulling into stops. By getting cyclists to sit in the bus cab while a police cyclist passes up the nearside of the bus, the event demonstrated just how hard it is for the bus driver to see and avoid the cyclist.
The Exchanging Places initiative aims to give cyclists as well as bus and HGV drivers the chance to put themselves in each other’s shoes.
Tower Transit are pleased to be involved in these events due to the CPC course we are running that involves a section on Cyclist blind spots. We asked one of our Trainers Chris Peter to attend the event, Chris is a keen cyclist and has been involved in designing and delivering our latest CPC programme.
There will be further events involving buses during 2014.
Chris Peter Driver Trainer with member of Camden Council