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Meet Sir Dave Brailsford at Changing Places day in Derby - and win a Genesis Volant bike

Team Sky boss will be at event designed to show cyclists lorry drivers' perspective...

British Cycling performance director and Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford is to take part in a Changing Places session in Derby later this month to get an insight of the view that drivers of large vehicles such as lorries and buses get from the cab.

Members of the public visiting the event on Wednesday 30 October at Pride Park, where Derby's new velodrome is being constructed, will also have the opportunity to win a Genesis Volant road bike worth £749.99 courtesy of Darley Abbey bike shop Lovevelo and Genesis Bikes.

The event, hosted by construction firm Bowmer & Kirkland, which is building the multisport complex that will house the velodrome, takes place on Wednesday 30 October.

It will also be attended by para-triathlete champion and Team GB wheelchair basketball player, Phil Hogg, and British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake, who told the Derby Telegraph:

"It is fantastic to have a velodrome being built in Derby and I'm looking forward to seeing the progress that is being made with the construction.

"One point that comes across very strongly when we speak to our membership on issues of road safety is that they want us to approach it from the perspective of mutual respect.

"They don't want us to be anti-car, and indeed nine out of ten British Cycling members drives a car, so it makes no sense to talk about them and us; motorists or cyclists.

"We're just people, sometimes people on bikes, other times people in cars, often both in the same day. We all bear a responsibility for the culture on the roads."

Exhibitors on the day will include bicycle firms Bespoke and Moore Large, as well as Cycle Derby, Le Tour Yorkshire and Sustrans, while Derby City Council’s Connected Scheme team will also be in attendance.

The event starts at 1030am and finishes at 3pm, although Drake, Hogg and Brailsford –born in Derbyshire and raised in North Wales, but now living in his native county – will be there from 1230pm onwards.

More information about the event can be found on its website.

Last week, City of London Police held a Changing Places session. One cyclist who has attended one such session is's Sarah Barth, who says:

The opportunity to sit in the cab of an HGV is one of the most significant things I've done to improve my safety on the streets of London.

The cab is filled with mirrors, so it is possible to see the sides of the lorries from most angles, but it's not always easy.

A cyclist is just about visible coming up on the left -- but the improvement once you add a high-viz jacket is astonishing. If you've any sense though, you'd ride up the right, or go nowhere near.

There clearly are blind spots, and these are different on different vehicles, so you come away with the impression that the safest place to be is well out of the way.

And the safety features only work if the driver is using them - one can only imagine the dangers posed by a tired or distracted driver.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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bendertherobot | 10 years ago

Does that extend to going out and commuting?

Also, to an extent it isn't cyclIST awareness that's needed, it's cycLING awareness. You never know another man until you walk a mile in his shoes, etc.

bendertherobot | 10 years ago

When's the event for lorry drivers to get out on bikes to see the cyclist's perspective?

Simon_MacMichael replied to bendertherobot | 10 years ago
bendertherobot wrote:

When's the event for lorry drivers to get out on bikes to see the cyclist's perspective?

That's part of the Changing Places scheme, too. And many contractors (including Bowmer & Kirkland) do provide cyclist awareness training to drivers.

As an example of what is happening, look at this article from London Cycling Campaign:

Among other things it says:

"Lambeth has committed to giving all its lorry drivers on-bike cyclist-awareness training, to using the latest safety equipment on all its lorries, and to building these conditions into all future contracts with private sector haulage providers.

"Council leader Lib Peck said, 'Lambeth Council is delighted to have signed the London Cycling Campaign Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling pledge, committing to only using the safest drivers and best-equipped lorries.

"'Back in 2008, Lambeth was the first borough in London to introduce on-bike cyclist-awareness training for our lorry drivers, and we're pleased to maintain our position as one of the leading boroughs for lorry safety in the capital'."

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