Members of the public will have a chance to sit in the driver’s seat of a HGV and experience first-hand the blind spots faced by drivers of large vehicles as part of a road safety event in Sutton Park this weekend.
The city council’s Birmingham Cycle Revolution team will be on hand for the Birmingham Exchanging Places campaign event â€“ being staged at the Boldmere Gate entrance from 10am to 3pm on Saturday (March 7).
Council officers will be joined by colleagues from West Midlands Police and Jaguar Land Rover to offer members of the public useful safety information, discuss the various scenarios that can occur whilst cycling near HGVs, and give practical advice about staying safe on the road.
The aim of these events is to help avoid cycling casualties caused by cyclist-driver collisions. Experienced officers will be on-hand to explain how these types of collisions can happen and the various measures both drivers and cyclists can take to avoid them. This includes drivers using mirrors and safety equipment, good roadÂ positioning and communication.
Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion, Equalities and Community Safety, whose portfolio covers road safety, said: “We can all help to make our roads safer by being aware of the dangers and taking steps to reduce the risk of collisions.
“Some insider knowledge about how HGVs operate, together with some driving and cycling dos and don’ts can help us all travel more safely on our roads.
“The cycling ‘buzz’ in Birmingham is gaining momentum and it is therefore essential to ensure everyone is as safe as possible. Our Birmingham Exchanging Places events aim to raise awareness of responsible driving and cycling so that we can all share the roads safely.”
For more information on the project, progress updates and information on how you can get involved please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/bcr
Birmingham Cycle Revolution is part of the Birmingham Connected vision to reinvent the way people and goods move across the city, find out more at www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected