Sunday, October 13, 2013

Construction Project Has Scheme this week to Improve Road Haulage and Cyclist Safety

Get Your Bike Checked Out and Sit Where a Haulier Does Courtesy of Crossrail This Week
Shipping News Feature

UK – A lot of work has gone on lately in an attempt to ameliorate the relationship between cyclists and HGV drivers and this week sees a partnership between the City of London Police and Crossrail hosting an ‘Exchanging Places’ event for bike riders in order to familiarise them with the problem faced by those who have to negotiate sometimes crowded and narrow urban streets in a big road haulage rig or a high side 8 wheel tipper truck.

The event, to be held on Wednesday 16 October from 12 noon to 6 pm at West Poultry Lane near Smithfield Market, will encourage cyclists to sit in the driver’s seat of a lorry where a police officer will brief the visitor of the dangers when cycling nearby a lorry and the blind spots. There will also be free bike safety checks, free bike security registration and free refreshments for visitors.

This latest move is sponsored by Crossrail which will take several years to build and, during construction, the company are doing their best to minimise disruption and make the project as safe as possible for all Londoners. They will be running a number of these Exchanging Places events to promote safer cycling on London’s roads in conjunction with both the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police at locations near the Crossrail route across London.

Crossrail is a rail infrastructure project designed to significantly improve journey times and congestion for travellers in the capital. Crossrail will, for the first time, produce a direct connection between all of London’s main business centres, linking Heathrow, with Paddington, the West End, the City and Canary Wharf and will stretch from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east and the new railway will cover over 100 kilometres of track including 21 kilometres of new twin-bore rail tunnel.

Details of Crossrail’s attempt to make cycling near construction traffic safer can be seen HERE.

Photo: Another statistic, miraculously the cyclist involved in this incident apparently escaped with minor injuries.