Erith’s commitment to enabling safer cycling continued this week in the form of an ‘exchanging places’ cycling event. In partnership with the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London, Erith hosted the workshop at project in Farringdon – one of most congested cycling hotspots in London. The event’s purpose was to highlight the constraints of operating both Lorries and cyclists on the congested roads of London, whilst offering cyclists the chance to sit in the driver’s seat of one of Erith’s newest Euro VI compliant vehicles and gain a greater appreciation of the Lorries safety measures.
Resources were on hand at the workshop, providing bike maintenance and safety checks, security registrations as well handing out safety merchandise to all those who participated.
Phillip Marlow, a cycling commuter who attended the workshop commented: “I am a cycling commuter whose commuting journey took me past Erith’s cycling project by the roadside on the A201 Farringdon Road in London yesterday morning. I was able to get my bike registered with the Metropolitan Police, have my tyres pumped and get a new set of front and rear brake pads. I was also given some advice on the condition of my bike and had the chance to sit in an HGV to sample the drivers view, e.g. what safety features were available. The people who ran it were very friendly, helpful and courteous and I would like to commend your company for being enlightened enough to run such a scheme for the benefit of cyclists. It is an extremely good idea to promote better awareness of road safety among all road users”.