Cyclists Exchange places with Arriva London bus drivers
The Exchanging Places programme is an initiative between TfL and the Metropolitan Police, in which London’s cyclists are invited to experience what it is like to sit in the driver’s seat of a London bus or a large truck.
Recently as part of the programme, Arriva London provided one of their New Routemasters at the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park corner for cyclists to try it out. The site was chosen as it is a very popular through route for cyclist at this busy central London junction.
Whilst cyclists sat in the driver’s cab Police officers from the Met’s cycle safety team demonstrated the difficulty bus drivers have in seeing them in their near side mirror, particularly when they are positioned on the nearside of the vehicle, and at night.
Mark Lewis, one of the cyclists who sat in both the lorry and the bus driver’s seat said:-
“I thought it was great, aside from seeing what the bus driver sees, it was really eye opening to understand where I shouldn’t be with respect to a bus, and to know where they can and can’t see me.
I’ll make sure I’m never on the left hand side of a bus, and try and make sure I either stay behind it, in front of it or on the right of it”.
Hanna, another cyclist who stopped on her way to work commented:-
“It was really useful and, good to find out how poor the visibility is for the bus drivers. I wasn’t aware of how little they can see when you’re coming up on the inside of the bus.”
During the course of the two hour exercise from 7.30 to 9.30 the Met Police spoke with 26 cyclists in the bus and 56 cyclists in total for the event.
After the success of the exercise PC Rideout, the officer in charge, has asked Arriva London if they would be prepared to set up a training session for those in his team who have not participated in an Exchanging Places event. Arriva are planning to offer their participation, by supplying a bus in an area of one of their garages for PC Rideout and his team to carry out their training session.
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Published : Fri 19th May. 2017 - Thu 29th Jun. 2017
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