Velodrome to host event promoting cyclist safety Wed October 30th

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Velodrome to host event promoting cyclist safety Wed October 30th

Post by Woolfie on Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:04 pm

New of the forthcoming Changing Places event - I saw on Twitter that Sir Dave Brailsford and BC CEO Ian Drake will also be there.....

Velodrome to host event promoting cyclist safety
An event to promote peace and understanding between cyclists and drivers will be held at Derby's multi-sports arena and velodrome during half term.

Dubbed Changing Places Day, it is being held at the Pride Park venue on Wednesday, October 30, and is designed to reduce accidents on the roads.

Visitors will be able to sit in the cab of a lorry and driver's seat of a bus to get a feeling for the view of the road for the driver.

They will also be able to experience how it feels for cyclists as they ride alongside a lorry.

There will be an HGV with a safety kit that allows drivers to see cyclists that would ordinarily be in a blind spot.

Exhibitors include cycling charity Sustrans, Le Tour Yorkshire, Bike Back Derby, Cycle Derby, Derby City Council's Connected scheme team and bicycle firms Moore Large, LoveVelo and Bespoke.

Derbyshire police will be offering free security marking for bikes and Bike Back Derby will be giving free safety checks to make sure bikes are road-worthy for winter.

European and British para-triathlon champion Phil Hogg will be attending between 12.30pm and 2.30pm to talk about his successes.

It is the first event of its kind outside the capital and is being organised by Bowmer and Kirkland, the Heage firm building the arena on behalf of Derby City Council.

Robert Kirkland, Bowmer and Kirkland's director responsible for health and safety, said: "We are part of an industry that requires HGV deliveries on a daily basis.

"We are also building the fantastic new multi-sports-arena and velodrome, so that gives us two excellent reasons to host this important awareness event.

"We are committed to ensuring that our suppliers adhere to the highest standards of driver training and vehicle equipment for their HGVs and hope that Changing Places Day will be a catalyst for other events of this nature outside the M25, so that the message about keeping cyclists safe can spread across the UK."

For further information, visit www.changingplaces or follow @4cycle safety on Twitter.

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Re: Velodrome to host event promoting cyclist safety Wed October 30th

Post by philc on Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:59 am

Sounds like a great idea. Perhaps they can get the lorry drivers to ride a bike whilst being overtaken by a HGV at speed on the A6! affraid 

Seriously though, any step towards making the roads safer is a step in the right direction and generally speaking the local truck drivers are mostly considerate.

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