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The Met Police will be holding it’s ‘Exchanging Places’ event for cyclists, on Monday 16 January, on the eastbound slip road to the roundabout close to M’scDonalds, between 7am and 10am.
The event aims to reduce collisions between cyclists and HGVs. Cyclists will be given the chance to sit in the driver’s seat of a large tipper truck, provided by McGee’s, and see for themselves the difficulty that lorry drivers have in seeing cyclists and pedestrians in their blind spots.
Last year, sixteen cyclists died on London roads, nine of those were as a result of collision with HGVs, including two deaths with three weeks within yards of each other at the Bow Roundabout.
Officers will also be on hand to guide cyclists in and out of the cab and give general advice about safe cycling.
A second event will take place on Friday 20 January on the southern side of the roundabout near the High Street Stratford junction, between 4pm and 7pm. Again this will be aimed at commuter cyclists and a four axle tipper.
PC Simon Wickenden stressed: “Last year sixteen cyclists died on London’s roads, nine of those were as a result of collisions with HGVs. This alarming statistic shows how vitally important it is to educate both drivers of large vehicles and cyclists.
“Many cyclists we speak to have never sat in a lorry’s cab before and have been amazed by the restricted view of the road on the nearside. Both lorry drivers and cyclists must look out for each other and it’s crucial that cyclists do not cycle on the nearside of any large vehicle.”
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