One of the most common causes of serious injury and death to cyclists is collisions involving heavy goods vehicles (HGV’s).
Exchanging Places is an initiative to encourage responsible cycling and to raise awareness of HGV/PCV blind spots to cyclists, drivers and pedestrians.
During the event cyclists, pedestrians and drivers will be given the opportunity to sit in an HGV and watch as another cyclist travels alongside the vehicle.
Road safety officers will provide demonstrations of the best places for a cyclist to position themselves when passing an HGV and are also on hand to answer any questions cyclists may have.
The initiative aims to;
- increase awareness amongst cyclists of the dangers/risks of HGV blind spots and
- encourage cyclists to adopt safer riding strategies, especially around junctions.
Exchanging Places Events are free to attend and will be taking place across various towns in East Sussex over the summer.
Did you know?
- 137 pedal cyclists have been killed or have suffered life-changing injuries on the roads of East Sussex Brighton & Hove between Jan 2020 – Sep 2021.
- HGVs present particular challenges for cyclists and are over-represented in cyclist fatalities (18% of fatal cycle accidents involved an HGV, compared with 4% of serious accidents). These accidents were more common at junctions where the main collision configuration was the HGV driver making a left turn while the cyclist was going ahead. ‘Vehicle blind spot’ and ‘passing too close to the cyclist’ were judged by the police to be key contributory factors.
For more information on Exchanging Places, please contact Susan.Taylor@esfrs.org
Latest Update : 02 November 2021