This morning Hydro Cleansing Limited held a very successful HGV Cycle Awareness training session for all drivers, operational staff and Directors.
The session was delivered at 7am by Sergeant Simon Castle from the Metropolitan Police ‘Exchanging Places’ scheme at their premises HCL
House, Beddington Farm Road, Croydon. In attendance were Chris Snelling (head of Urban Logistic and Regional Policy) from the Freight Transport Association, Jack Semple from the Road Haulage Association and Tom Brake (MP).
Hydro Cleansing are supporting over the next 3 days, three Exchanging Places’ scheme sessions by lending to the MET Police several of their HGV Vehicles. This reinforces Hydro Cleansing’s policy of taking cyclists in London safety very seriously following death of 6 cyclists in 13 days.
Today between 4pm-6:30pm at the junction of Wandsworth Bridge Road with New Kings Road, Hammersmith, Hydro Cleansing will be attending Exchanging Places, supporting the Metropolitan Police in promoting cycle safety.
Cyclists, as well as other road users, can climb up into the cab of a lorry and find out just how little you can see from the driver’s seat, ultimately learning more generally about how to cycle safely in and around London.
To find out more about this event or any other future events click the link below:http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Cycle-marking-events/1400005859885/1400005859885
“At Exchanging Places, you can climb into the cab of a lorry and watch for a police cyclist riding up the left side of the vehicle. You’ll be surprised by just how little you can see from the driver’s seat. You’ll also learn more generally about how to cycle safely in London.”
Following Steve’ s attendance at the FTA Cycle Compliance meeting on the Friday 29 June 2012. Steve with Hydro Cleansing’s state of integrated Sewer cleaning and recycling unit Megatron, attended an Exchanging Places event having been invited by the Metropolitan Police the following day Saturday 30th June in Regent’s Park, where there was a great turn out and luckily the weather decided to behave too.
Receiving quotes like the following makes the whole exercise worthwhile…
A quote from Stuart, a cyclist on the day:
“It was a serious eye-opener to see how easy it is to miss a cyclist at the side, or even in front, of a lorry – and I was sitting there in the cabin actually looking for the bike! We can ask lorry drivers to be more careful, but I saw today that cyclists, including me, need to be much more aware, too. I would recommend this scheme to any cyclist, motorcyclist or even pedestrian, and I certainly won’t forget what I saw – and didn’t see – today. Thank you for what you are doing.”