The purpose of our Exchanging Places events are to allow cyclists an opportunity to swap places with a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) driver and see the road from their perspective.
An HGV has several blind spots where a cyclist on the road cannot be seen at all. At these events cyclists can sit in the HGV and watch as another cyclist travels alongside the HGV to the front of the vehicle. This allows the cyclist in the HGV to see exactly where the blind spots occur.
This can be quite an eye-opening experience for cyclists, who may not realise that in some positions they can completely disappear from the view of the driver.
Officers provide a demonstration of the best places for a cyclist to position themselves when passing a HGV and a number of officers, who specialise in road safety, are on hand to answer any questions.
At the events cyclists are also offered free cycle security marking, a free bicycle MOT and lots of freebies – including high visibility rucksack covers, vests and arm bands.