Edinburgh lorry drivers take cycling lessons

May 9, 2014 | By | In News

A number of council employed lorry drivers in Edinburgh are undergoing cycling training to make them more aware of the dangers facing those who take to the road on two wheels.

The initiative, which is the first of its kind in Scotland, sees those more used to six-wheeled HGVs swap for pedal-power in cycling road danger classes.

Consisting of both theory and practical elements, the pilot scheme is aimed at giving lorry drivers an insight into the perceptions of cyclists and to encourage greater empathy with vulnerable road users.

It has been developed with the support of Cycling Scotland, the country’s national organisation for the promotion of cycling.

"By raising awareness of this with our drivers we are leading the way to creating an equal relationship between drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users alike."

While accidents involving cyclists have fallen over the last ten years, a significant proportion involve HGVs. It is hoped that by putting a lorry driver in the saddle they will get a better appreciation of the dangers they face.

Lesley Hinds, Edinburgh City Council's transport convener, said: "The council is committed to promoting cycling as a primary mode of transport, and as such we have pledged to invest seven per cent of our transport budget into developing cycling infrastructure throughout the city,” reported the BBC.

"But if we are to encourage cycling among our citizens we must ensure that they are given a safe and accessible environment in which to do it.

"By raising awareness of this with our drivers we are leading the way to creating an equal relationship between drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users alike."

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