Erith Haulage participated in the latest Exchanging Places event this past weekend during the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice’s Big Bike Ride.
The event, Organised by the Metropolitan Police Cycle Safety Team, is a safety awareness drop-in demonstration aimed at vulnerable road users. It provided members of the public an opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV), allowing cyclists and other vulnerable road users to see for themselves what the driver can and cannot view at the kerbside and directly in front of the vehicle.
There was also the ability to experience Exchanging Places as a virtual reality experience. The new VR headsets allowed multiple users to participate simultaneously, giving them the point of view of a HGV driver on the road in a realistic simulation.
Adam Goode, Assistant Transport Manager at Erith, commented: “We have supported Exchanging Places for several years now. The safety of other road users is of paramount importance to us, so attending these events offers a great opportunity to interact with cyclists and pedestrians, the majority of whom are not aware of exactly what the HGV driver can see. It also allows us to demonstrate the added safety features we have installed on our vehicles such as cameras, sensors and viewing panels.”