The Metropolitan Police Service’s Cycle Task Force run the Exchanging Places initiative regularly throughout London. On 7 March 2014 it was good to see so many road-using stakeholders come together to make the event such a success.

Edmund King, President of the AA chose the Exchanging Places Event in Marble Arch to launch his national #thinkbikes campaign and support came from across the board. Olympic cyclist and former multiple times yellow jersey winner Christ Boardman MBE show his support and that of the British Cycling Federation. Representing motorcycling we had racing legend and 20 time TT winner, John McGuinness.

Locally BMW Park Lane contributed generously to the event giving away cycle-friendly freebies to all and they previewed the launch of their latest electronic bicycle whilst also showcasing a selection from their adult and children’s range of bicycles.

Naturally we were there happily giving all cyclists free safety checks on the day, while the Metropolitan Police also offered their security marking services to cyclists for free.

In essence we were all brought together around the Exchanging Places Event: an opportunity for cyclists to get the HGV perspective and HGV drivers to get a cyclist’s perspective in order to promote mutual awareness and understanding. On the day it was great to see pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and motorcyclists all engaging in the conversation.

If you saw us on BBC, ITV or SKY or read about the “Think Bikes” campaign in the national papers but you were unable to actually attend this particular event don’t worry as there will be other opportunities to get involved in cycle safety at other Exchanging Places events throughout the year.

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