A group of freight drivers have exchanged drivers’ cabs for bicycles, as part of a Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership initiative to address the needs of vulnerable road users, such as cyclists.

Cyclists on a road

John Bourn, of the Tyne and Wear LTP Team, commented: “Accidents involving cyclists and goods vehicles have become a major source of concern in London and, as cycling levels rise in this region, it is important to avoid similar problems arising here.”

To help address these concerns, on September 3rd the Partnership organised an event attended by 14 drivers, involving a mixture of classroom-based learning and cycling proficiency training, helping drivers of goods vehicles to understand the perspective of cyclists.

Michael Page of Aecom, who co-ordinated the event, commented:¬†”The overall consensus was that the course was very enjoyable and very informative. One of the drivers said he had not ridden a bike in 50 years but thoroughly enjoyed the tutoring.”

As well as events such as this, an online pack¬† for use by operators is available on the Partnership’s website.

The Partnership would like to thank AG Barr plc for hosting the event.