London lorry and van drivers have been taking part in cycling training as part of initiative to make the streets of the English capital safer for cyclists.
Some 1 650 members of staff from Travis Perkins, the largest builders’ merchant in the UK, were enrolled on a day-long course by their employer to give them an idea of what it feels like to be a cyclist in London.
The course consists of classroom training followed by three and a half hours of riding a bike on the road.
Jeff Morris, 63, who drives a 32-tonne lorry, told London's Evening Standard newspaper: 'I was sceptical about the training. However when I did it I was surprised. Cycling with a truck beside you is genuinely scary. I am glad I got to see that for myself and can now play a role in making the streets of London safer for cyclists.'
Ron Searle, Travis Perkins' head of group transport risk and compliance, said the move was part of the company’s commitment to road safety.
'What has been fascinating is that most drivers are initially reluctant to get on a bike. However, when they do it they are vocally supportive, highlighting how useful the exercise was and just how scary heavy goods vehicles can be when on a bike in the drivers' blind spots.'
For more information, visit standard.co.uk.