Aggregates and Asphalt South have continued their mission to promote cycle safety by running an HGV awareness day at Perry Court School in Bristol recently.
“The event was part of the school’s road safety week and it was a pleasure to be asked to help out,” explained Transport Account Manager, Graham Hunter. “ We arrived at 8am and grateful for the fine weather, started to set up. I was then asked to do a little briefing with all the children before Annette Osborne (Headteacher) and Jo Thorn (School Safety Week Co-ordinator) brought them out class by class.”
With the help of contract haulier Paul Smart, Graham and fellow Transport Account Manager, Nick Laity, demonstrated and discussed the risks of cycling close to HGVs to 12 classes, totaling more than 350 children.
Graham said: “We had the truck set up in the car park with the blind-spot mat in place. We took the children out and discussed with them what we are doing as a business with regards to safety features on vehicles and what we do to minimise the risk to cyclists. We stressed that they must still take care themselves as not all lorries have in place what we have.
“We asked some of the pupils to show where they thought the driver’s blind-spots are and did exercises with others to show where they are. We also let the children into the cab so they were aware of what the driver sees. The children all seemed to enjoy the sessions and said they had learnt something from it, so from our point of view it was a worthwhile day.”
Following the event Graham received an email from Headteacher Annette Osborne, to say thank you. It read: “As well as being enjoyable, the visit was also extremely informative and all the pupils, from the youngest to the oldest, learned a huge amount about road safety from your presentation.”