Posted on: August 26, 2015
A cycling-based road safety program for HGV drivers has been a huge success in helping improve awareness for vulnerable road users.
BikeRight!, a cycle training organisation in Manchester and Liverpool, has so far put over 1,500 lorry and coach drivers through its Safe Urban Driving Course. The course puts drivers on a bicycle for a day, giving them the chance to the see the road from a cyclist’s perspective.
It is hoped that insights gained from the course will inform future driver behaviours while working in urban road networks to improve safety for vulnerable road users.
Colin Unsworth, BikeRight! Course instructor, said, “The course helps lorry and coach drivers to define who vulnerable road users are when assessing risk, to raise awareness of cyclists and how to assess a situation to reduce risk.
“We’ve had remarkable feedback from the drivers who have attended the course, and a renewed interest in their awareness of both themselves and others on the road. We believe this course saves lives.”
Sue Bingham of Bowker Transport said, “The course has been a great benefit to us as many of our deliveries are in busy cities where there are many vulnerable road users. All our vehicles are fully kitted out with close proximity side scanners, audible left turn, Class VI mirrors, and rear signage, so all this put together helps our drivers enormously and raises their awareness.
“We plan to put all our drivers though this course every three years.”