Exchanging Places cycling event

Constructors should take responsibility for construction site’s traffic, increasing the risks to cyclists.  

Construction work often brings with it heavy goods vehicles (HGV’s), constructors should acknowledge the risks associated with an increased presence of HGV’s around the site, which are often located in residential areas.

Due to blind spots, HGV’s often pose the biggest threat to cyclists, as the visibility of cyclists on the roads is difficult when they ride close to HGV’s.

It is vital to raise awareness of the dangers that accompany sharing roads with construction traffic, to provide information on the most common cause of serious injury to cyclists, to get a better understanding of what lorry drivers can and can’t see, while explaining how these incidents can be avoided.

It is the responsibility of the constructor to help keep streets and road users safe during construction work.

A number of sites have engaged cyclists to increase awareness of road safety and HGV’s by:

  • Holding an Exchanging Places Cycling Event, which encouraged cyclists and lorry drivers to change places and see the road from the opposite perspective.

To find out more watch the video below.

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Monitor report, Bam Ferrovial Kier Joint Venture, London, July 2014

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