Cyclists are being invited to step inside a lorry cab as part of a drive to make them aware of the dangers of riding into drivers’ blind spots.
October 21, 2016
The next Nine Elms on the South Bank cycle safety roadshow will take place at Riverlight, Nine Elms Lane on Monday 24 October.
The event, taking place from 7.30am to 10am, gives riders a chance to climb into a lorry cab to see first-hand the hazardous blind spots drivers experience on the roads.
The privately funded initiative is part of a series of partnership events between the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership and the Met Police Cycle Task Force which aim to raise awareness about cycle safety issues.
The interactive events target cyclists on their way to work using the roads at the busiest times of day.
As well as demonstrating the dangers of HGV blind spots riders can also have their bike checked over by a fully trained mechanic from Have Bike.
Alex Baker, Community & Sustainability Manager at Battersea Power Station Development Company, which is leading the programme of events, said: “It is an exciting time to live and work in Nine Elms as the area continues to transform. However, building a new neighbourhood means a lot of HGVs are on the roads and it is important that cyclists and drivers are fully aware of the dangers of blind spots.”
Notes to editors:
Nine Elms on the South Bank is rapidly shaping up to become one of London’s most innovative and vibrant quarters.
The new Nine Elms Park will add to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and a new stretch of the River Thames Walk, lined with cafes, bars shops and galleries which will give the area a rich mix of culture and green space just a few minutes from Westminster and the City.
The area will also benefit from two new Tube stations, new schools, two town centres, around 4,000 affordable homes, health centres, a high-speed data network for businesses, a second River Bus pier and a new cycling and pedestrian network.
Other key attractions in the pipeline will include a revived Battersea Power Station, the new US Embassy and a new centre for London’s food industry at New Covent Garden Market.
The district is being shaped by world leading architects, developers and planners to create a truly mixed-use district with real city centre vitality.