Cycle security guidance:
We also work with the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police and City of London Police on cycle security campaigns.
Exchanging Places cycle safety events
The Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police hold regular Exchanging Places sessions.
These events give cyclists the opportunity to physically sit in the driver's seat of a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) or bus. This allows the cyclist to see what the driver can and cannot see at the kerbside and directly in front of their vehicle. Since Exchanging Places began in 2007, more than 30,000 people have taken the opportunity to sit in an HGV.
As part of the Vision Zero commitment we have partnered with the Metropolitan Police Service and Royal College of Art to recreate Exchanging Places as a virtual reality experience, allowing more cyclists and pedestrians than ever to exchange places with HGV drivers. The new mobile headsets allow up to 10 people to participate at once, and is accessible for all ages.
Exchanging Places sessions are ongoing, both with the new virtual reality technology and with a lorry present. London boroughs can help to provide support for Exchanging Places events by providing a venue and space, or by paying for add-ons such as a Dr Bike session with an experienced on-site mechanic - this is particularly helpful in attracting cyclists.
To host an Exchanging Places event in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Cycle Safety Team, email email@example.com.