One Tower Bridge hosts super Savvy Cyclists
For once the hot drinks weren’t the most popular feature at the Savvy Cyclist event.
Ever keen to find more ways to get the safety message out to cyclists, Better Bankside with Bankside & London Bridge Logistics Group and Met Police tried a new approach when they teamed up recently at the Berkeley Homes development, One Tower Bridge.
In a London neighbourhood where large trucks, and especially construction traffic, is a fact of life, improving cycle safety is a key part of the Smarter Travel Group’s work, as well as for Southwark Council and Bankside & London Bridge Logistics Group. The major schemes, such as One Blackfriars and One Tower Bridge host our successful ‘Lorries for Savvy Cyclists’ events, but it’s often a cold morning when the team is out on the street offering cyclists the chance to security mark their bike, have a free cycle health check and sit in the cab of an HGV to see how they would look from the driver’s seat. Not surprisingly, on their way in to work cyclists can sometimes be reluctant to stop.
This time the event was moved to after work. It helped that it was a nice afternoon, but there was a definite difference in the willingness of cyclists to break their journeys and make the most of the free services on offer.
Sam Knight said: “The latest Savvy Cyclist event was a record-breaker for us – 36 people took the chance to climb into the HGV and see the driver’s view from the cab, 36 people gave their bikes a free check up with Dr Bike and 70 bikes were security marked by the Met Police. That’s definitely the most we have ever seen and the feedback was that holding it after work was really popular. We’d encourage people to check the website, or sign up for the bulletin and book a slot if they can.”