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Crossrail initiative improves cycling awareness

Almost every cyclist who climbed into the cab of a construction truck as the recent London Bike Show has said they plan to change their cycling habits.

Crossrail joined forces with the Metropolitan Police to run the Exchanging Places initiative at the event and as a result 99% of the cyclists intend to cycle differently because of the experience.

Exchanging Places allowed cyclists to see for themselves the blind spots around a truck to give cyclists a better understanding of what drivers can and cannot see.

“The Exchanging Places programme is an important way of engaging with cyclists to raise awareness of the hazards when sharing the roads with HGVs,” said Crossrail health and safety director Steve Hails. “These events complement Crossrail’s Lorry Driver Training Programme which also ensures that drivers on the project are aware of vulnerable road users.”

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