“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.”
In relation to our recent involvement with the London Fit for Cycling Mayoral Hustings and as part of the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, Samsung Bike Week 2012, Steve Hoad of Hydro Cleansing, a member of the FTA, Freight Transport Association, is volunteering his time alongside Megatron’s on Saturday 23rd June from 10am-3pm at North End, Croydon.
HGV Awareness Training for cyclists, in association with the Metropolitan Police task force, will be on hand throughout the day to spread awareness and educate those who are keen to learn more about making a switch to cycling for their everyday journeys. Security tagging of bikes and other attractions will also be on hand on the day.
Working together to both inform drivers and cyclists, our belief is that both can work together in harmony, especially on the roads in and around the capital. Our aim is to spread Hydro Cleansing’s knowledge and understanding on how cycling can easily become part of everyday life and to ensure the safety of all road users.
Our fleet of HGV’s are all Crossrail Cycle Compliant and in line with the Mayor of London’s Cycle Action Plan have been fitted with: Fresnei lenses, side scan equipment, under run guards, warning signs for cyclists/pedestrians and Brigade reversing alarms which all ensure cyclist safety.