Cyclopark invites cyclists to awareness raising event this weekend

PUBLISHED: 09:38 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:38 26 November 2015

Laurence Tricker and Raz Razak

Laurence Tricker and Raz Razak


Cyclists will have the chance to sit in a lorry so they can see potential dangers.

Gravesend sporting facility Cyclopark is inviting cyclists to attend an awareness raising event on Sunday (November 29).

The event will allow cyclists to sit in an articulated lorry - provided by DHL Sainsbury’s Dartford depot - so they can see how difficult it is to spot bicycles on the road.

Organisers are hoping the ‘spot the cyclist’ challenge will make people aware of the potential dangers of sharing a road with articulated lorries.

The event will run from 10am to 4pm.

This is part of Road Safety Week, which began on Monday.

Laurence Tricker, CEO for Cyclopark, said: “This is a great community safety event, actually demonstrating the hazard by physically changing places from your bike seat and going up into the cab of a lorry.

“I was really shocked by how restricted the view from the cab is.

“It’s a free event and for any regular cycling commuters it’s an experience that will make you think and even change how you ride, which could lead to a life saving decision.”

Raz Razak, transport manager for DHL Sainsbury’s, said: “This is great community event, which provides the opportunity for us to highlight the dangers when cycling nearby a lorry and the blind spots.

“We take the safety of all road users seriously and encourage all cyclists to come and sit in the driver’s seat of a lorry, until you have done this, I don’t think people can really understand the real risks.

“This should not put cyclists off cycling, because it is possible to ensure your own safety by knowing about the hazards and cycling confidently and appropriately.”

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