Roughly 70 truckers in Redbridge experienced a half day as a cyclist as part of safer driving course next month

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TRUCKERS in the borough experienced half a day in the life of a cyclist.

As part of Redbridge's commitment to becoming a Biking Borough, around 70 HGV drivers completed their Safer London Driving course over the summer.

Part of the course involved spending half a day cycle training, so truckers could see what cyclists could on the borough's busiest roads.

Cllr Paul Canal who sits on the council's Cycling Liason Group said: "If every HGV driver rode a bike and every cyclist sat in the cab of a HGV lorry, deaths would decrease by 90 percent.

"Cyclists and drivers share the space and need to respect each other on the roads."

Transport for London provided Redbridge in September 2011, along with 11 other London boroughs a £250,000 grant to spend on improving cycling.

Plans have included improving cycle parking provisions by providing Snaresbrook Crown Court with 20 spaces and GP surgeries with 14 spaces between them.

One-to-one cycle training for adults has also been a hit with approximately 20 adults undertaking over 50 hous of training.

The grant will be spent over three years until March 2014.

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4:07pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Cornbeefur says...

Most people on bikes around Wanstead and Woodford seem to ride on the pavement, even those with ridiculously large kid carrying trailers in Tow, forcing every pedestrian to dive for cover.

Then again, an awful lot of lorries seem to mount the pavement whenever it suits them. Maybe the Lorry Drivers and Cyclists could experience what it is like to walk around one day on the footway.
Most people on bikes around Wanstead and Woodford seem to ride on the pavement, even those with ridiculously large kid carrying trailers in Tow, forcing every pedestrian to dive for cover. Then again, an awful lot of lorries seem to mount the pavement whenever it suits them. Maybe the Lorry Drivers and Cyclists could experience what it is like to walk around one day on the footway. Cornbeefur
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8:00pm Tue 25 Sep 12

LakeBreeze says...

This is a great idea, as anything that gets one person to find out what another deals -- and thus why they sometimes do the things they do, good or bad -- can only be an eye-opener and a path to greater understanding . On either part.

But Cornbeefur:
When you say "experience what it's like to walk around on the footway" -- how illogical are you? What makes you think that both lorry drivers and cyclist are never pedestrians themselves at other times?
There are plenty of cyclists who are also both motorists and also pedestrians at other times in their day or week, and they know perfectly well what it's like to be that other person.
This is a great idea, as anything that gets one person to find out what another deals -- and thus why they sometimes do the things they do, good or bad -- can only be an eye-opener and a path to greater understanding . On either part. But Cornbeefur: When you say "experience what it's like to walk around on the footway" -- how illogical are you? What makes you think that both lorry drivers and cyclist are never pedestrians themselves at other times? There are plenty of cyclists who are also both motorists and also pedestrians at other times in their day or week, and they know perfectly well what it's like to be that other person. LakeBreeze
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10:01pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Cornbeefur says...

LakeBreeze wrote:
This is a great idea, as anything that gets one person to find out what another deals -- and thus why they sometimes do the things they do, good or bad -- can only be an eye-opener and a path to greater understanding . On either part.

But Cornbeefur:
When you say "experience what it's like to walk around on the footway" -- how illogical are you? What makes you think that both lorry drivers and cyclist are never pedestrians themselves at other times?
There are plenty of cyclists who are also both motorists and also pedestrians at other times in their day or week, and they know perfectly well what it's like to be that other person.
Do they? Really? How can anyone with one of those cycles with a trailer in tow, cycle along a footpath without any lack of consideration?

I actually can understand the Lorry Driver who clips the kerb rather than one of those reckless individuals who, in thinking they are enhancing their 'carbon footprint' is likely to run over or at least terrifies an OAP.
[quote][p][bold]LakeBreeze[/bold] wrote: This is a great idea, as anything that gets one person to find out what another deals -- and thus why they sometimes do the things they do, good or bad -- can only be an eye-opener and a path to greater understanding . On either part. But Cornbeefur: When you say "experience what it's like to walk around on the footway" -- how illogical are you? What makes you think that both lorry drivers and cyclist are never pedestrians themselves at other times? There are plenty of cyclists who are also both motorists and also pedestrians at other times in their day or week, and they know perfectly well what it's like to be that other person.[/p][/quote]Do they? Really? How can anyone with one of those cycles with a trailer in tow, cycle along a footpath without any lack of consideration? I actually can understand the Lorry Driver who clips the kerb rather than one of those reckless individuals who, in thinking they are enhancing their 'carbon footprint' is likely to run over or at least terrifies an OAP. Cornbeefur
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5:33am Wed 26 Sep 12

Trevor 2 says...

Having, between 1971 and 2007, been a delivery driver over the whole of East London and the City area, my experience of the antics of a great many cyclists leads me to believe that suicidal tendencies are a prerequisite of this form of transport!
Having, between 1971 and 2007, been a delivery driver over the whole of East London and the City area, my experience of the antics of a great many cyclists leads me to believe that suicidal tendencies are a prerequisite of this form of transport! Trevor 2
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