See and Be Seen around HGVs

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This via our discussion forum at work:

June 26-27 Tuesday & Wednesday 7am – 7pm

Your chance to see what the HGV driver sees, or doesn’t see. Turn up anytime

Two large lorries will be set up all day Tuesday and Wednesday in Trafalgar Square. This is your chance to get up close and stay safe. Sit in the driver’s cab, see what you look like in the driver’s mirror. Walk / cycle around the lorry, discover where you can be seen and where you cannot. Talk to the police and some drivers, explain what it’s like cycling near a lorry.

One objective is to educate cyclists by getting to understand lorries. The other objective is to educate lorry drivers and trainers. You can take part in video filming of your moves and reactions, tell them what you think and feel. These videos will be used to help train lorry drivers in London. The aim is to reduce the number of collisions and deaths. If a lorry hits a cyclist – it’s the cyclist who hurts.

This show is put on by the Commercial Vehicle Education Unit of the Met Police. They are working to make freight transport safer.

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Please pass this information on to other cyclists . . . . .

Charlie Lloyd

Cycling Development Officer

London Cycling Campaign

2 Replies to “See and Be Seen around HGVs”

  1. This sounds weel worth attending. I shall send the cyclist in my life. He is the reason I live – but you know he cycles for me, because I have been terrified of the tubes and public transport of late…

  2. The scary fact is that anyone with a normal driving licence can drive one of these ( Up to 7.5 tons ).

    Driving one of these things is a terrifying experience. Personally, I keep well clear of vehicles of this type.

    I feel much safer cycling near vehicles over 7.5 tons, where i know the driver is properly qualified.

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