On London’s roads, the relationship between cyclists and motorists isn’t always harmonious. While a great deal of effort is being put into improving the city’s cycling infrastructure, for the most part cyclists and motorists need to share the same space, whether they like it or not.
The Metropolitan Police Service’s Cycle Task Force set up the Exchanging Places initiative to help cyclists, drivers and pedestrians alike to gain a better understanding of how others use the road. Exchanging Places events run regularly across London, giving cyclists the opportunity to view the road from an HGV’s cab to get a better understanding of what drivers can and can’t see.
As well as opening an important dialogue on road safety between London’s cyclists and motorists, Exchanging Places aims to promote safe road use by educating cyclists on the dangers posed by HGV blindspots.
As an added benefit, havebike are on hand to offer free cycle safety checks at selected events. havebike Managing Director, Nick Brown, believes that safety checks are a key part of riding responsibly, but that they are often often overlooked. “It really is important to make sure your bike is roadworthy. Over the winter, especially, you need to know that your tyres have good traction for wet weather, that your brakes are in good working order and that your bike is properly illuminated.”
Exchanging Places events will be taking place at various locations across London this Winter. For more information see the Met Police website or come and see havebike and the Met Police team on Wednesday 25th November at The Point, 37 North Wharf Rd, Paddington, W2 1AG.