Exchanging Places

  • From: 12:00am 05 Mar 2012
  • To: 12:00am 15 Mar 2012
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The Cycle Task Force set up ‘Exchanging Places’ events to raise awareness of cycle safety. These events allow people to sit in the driver's seat of a HGV or bus to get a better understanding of what the driver can and can’t see, especially in regards to cyclists on the nearside and directly in front of the vehicle.

See our Exchanging Places YouTube video to raise awareness of the dangers of collisions between cyclists and large vehicles.

Monday 5th March 2012 - 07:30 - 10:30 - St Johns Square j/w Clerkenwell Road, EC1


Tuesday 6th March 2012 - 07:30 - 10:30 - Marble Arch, W1


Wednesday 7th March 2012 - 07:30 - 10:30 - Proctor Street j/w Red Lion Square, NW1


Thursday 8th March 2012 - 07:30 - 10:30 - King Boulevard j/w Pancras Road NW1


Friday 9th March 2012 - 07:30 - 10:30 - Westminster Abbey @ The Sanctaury SW1P


Monday 12th March 2012 - 07:30 - 10:30 - Myddleton Square EC1


Tuesday 13th March 2012 - 07:30 - 10:30 - Outside Paletra House, Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NJ


Thursday 15th March 2012 - 07:30 - 10:30 - Cable Street, E1
Friday 16th March 2012 - 07:30 - 10:30 - St Georges Road j/w Hayles Street, SE1

http://www.met.police.uk/transport/cycle_marking.html

This post was edited by London Cycling Campaign at 06:17pm 20 Nov 2012.

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I love the work you do at the LCC, especially the current Go Dutch campaign.

However looking at some of your recent proposals you still want to include ASLs as an important design feature. 

Next time you put in a proposal for junction re-design could you please look at this photograph, that is on your own website, and ask yourself "Are they really a good idea?"

 

  • By betha at 04:47pm 07 Mar 2012

I have rather mixed feelings about these events. While I applaud that people seem to be taking it seriously, I do feel that HGVs should not be mixing with other traffic and people in the way that they currently are. Looking at the much lower fatality rates for Paris (none for central area in 2012) one of the factors is very likely to be that HGVs are not allowed to move around during the day. HGVs not only present a greater risk to cyclists and pedestrians as their drivers simply aren't able to see, but injuries are hugely more devestating than other types of vehicle.

HGVs might very well be likely to deliver at night-time to avoid the heavy traffic, and it makes sense, but are unable to due to noise pollution rules.

My feeling is that these type of events are fine as long as it is well understood that they are in no way a solution and should be considered an absolute temporary solution.

We aren't trying to suggest these Exchanging Places events replace other more important measures to improve cyclist (and pedestrian) safety around lorries.

We recognise that lorries are the source of the danger, NOT the cyclists.

That's why we've spent years promoting on-bike lorry driver training, safer lorry design, and are now campaigning for improved street designs all over London, especially junctions.

However, anything that can be done today to try to reduce the horrific toll of HGV-cyclist deaths and serious injuries should be supported.

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ASLs can work perfectly well in harmony with other cycle-friendly facitlies, including wide segregated bike lanes that have the potential to attract people of all ages and abilities on to bikes.

Installing high-quality cycle facilities and also allowing people to cycle on the carriageway need not be mutually exclusive.

  • By OMW at 06:37pm 05 Apr 2012

Are there any plans to stage any more of these?

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