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 : Thu 6th Apr. 2017 - Thu 11th May. 2017
Vintage bus parade at Victoria Bus Station to mark the 70th anniversary of the first post-war RT bus features an Arriva route
To mark the 70th anniversary of the first post-war RT bus, there was a parade of vintage buses at Victoria Bus Station on Wednesday morning.
The visit had been organised following Leon meeting Enfield bus driver Malkiat Birdi, whilst he was attending the TfL initiative for drivers called Hello London.
Making the capital’s buses as simple to use as the London Underground is a new initiative being trialled on seven London bus routes, including Arriva London routes 150 and 128.
In association with TfL and HCT Transport, we opened our doors to welcome the public, giving them the opportunity to explore the garage, meet our operations teams, ride on a bus through the bus wash, tour our operations control centres and see & ride on some historic preserved buses.
Our recent route gains in North London include route 19, from Finsbury Park to Battersea Bridge (South Side), which has meant implementing an extensive mobilisation programme to maintain our high standards.
One of the most important elements in Arriva London’s development is the training and education it offers its staff, from engineering apprentices to graduate trainees, everyone in the business is offered the opportunity to develop and flourish.