Exchanging Places cycle safety drive hits London

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 16:00
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SAFE: Exchanging Places hits Charing Cross

Exchanging Places hit London again last Thursday, as lorry drivers and cyclists worked together to help tackle rising collisions in the capital.

Held outside Charing Cross Station, visitors were invited to sit in the driver’s seat of the lorry cab to help them better understand what a HGV driver can and cannot see.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) have expressed their support of the Metropolitan Police initiative, which helps provide HGV drivers and cyclists with an understanding of each other’s perspective.

Through this they aim to ensure both road users recognise the risks and position themselves appropriately when on the roads.

Christopher Snelling, Head of Urban Logistics at the FTA, said: “Raising awareness and, through that, promoting better and more defensive behaviour all round will be the best way to improve safety on our roads for all.

“More is needed, for drivers as well as cyclists; the Exchanging Places programme is a good example of what can be done when we work together to share the road safely.”