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Cyclists and lorry drivers swap places

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10 March 2016

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Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police are encouraging drivers and cyclists to exchange places as part of a drive to improve road safety.

Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police are encouraging drivers and cyclists to exchange places as part of a drive to improve road safety.

On Tuesday Cllr Daniel Anderson, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, joined council colleagues and police at the ‘Exchanging Places’ exercise which was set up to raise awareness of cycle safety. The event allowed people to sit in the driver’s seat of an HGV or bus to get a better understanding of what the driver can and can’t see, especially with regards to cyclists on the nearside and directly behind the vehicle.

Cllr Anderson said “This was a great community safety event, actually demonstrating the hazard faced by physically changing places from your bike seat and going up into the cab of a lorry.

“I was really shocked by how restricted the view from the cab is.

“Likewise, for any cyclist it’s an experience that will make you think and even change how you ride, which could lead to a life-saving decision.”

Inspector Nick Frisby, MPS Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "Exchanging places was a road safety educational event run by the MPS Cycle Safety Team to improve road safety and awareness amongst cyclists and HGV drivers, helping to avoid road collisions.

"We run more than 150 Exchanging Places events per year and in doing so, open an important dialogue on road safety between London's cyclists and motorists.

"Our officers discuss how to ride safely, educate cyclists on the dangers posed by HGV blind spots and how best to share the roads around these vehicles."