Crossrail has held its first Exchanging Places session, a safety awareness drop-in event aimed at cyclists and pedestrians.
Taking place at Finsbury Circus close to our Moorgate worksite, the open event gave visitors the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat of a large goods vehicle (LGV) to get a better understanding of what a lorry driver can and can't see and where vehicle blind spots can exist.
The half-day pilot was organised by our Liverpool Street station Advance Works contractor BNK JV and supported by City of London Police.
BNK JV's haulage supplier Erith Haulage Company provided a tipper truck used for demonstration purposes and its driver Bill Marth who has been through Crossrail's Lorry Driver Induction Training course (LDIT), presented 'in-cab' safety briefings for visitors, supported by officers from City of London Police who positioned cycles in blind spots alongside the vehicle.
Feedback from those who attended the event was excellent with visitors saying that the event increased their awareness of the issues when cycling near lorries.
Free bike security tagging was also offered at the event and Crossrail cycle safety leaflets and hi-visibility armbands were handed out around the area. Further Exchanging Places sessions will take place later in the year.