Exchanging Places - Cyclists & HGVs
The main cause of serious incidents involving cyclists on the road is collision with heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). The reason for this is that lorry drivers often cannot see nearby cyclists from their cabs. The purpose of Exchanging Places is therefore to educate both cyclists and HGV drivers of the dangers HGVs pose to cyclists, and how accidents can be avoided. Cyclists are given the opportunity to sit in the cab of a lorry in order to understand the blind spots of a lorry driver and how most accidents tend to happen, and where on the road they need to position themselves to be visible. Meanwhile HGV drivers are given the opportunity to cycle round HGVs and see how driver’s behaviour can reduce the likelihood of incidents.
If you'd like to experience the road as an HGV driver, check out our Active Events page to see upcoming sessions.
Don't forget, if you're worried about cycling on London roads, you can sign up for free cycle confidence training.
To find out more about Exchanging Places, take a look at this video produced by the Metropolitan Police: