CYCLISTS in London have been given their first chance to swap places with a truck driver in an attempt to spread understanding and increase safety.
The 'Exchanging Places' programme aims to address the most common cause of death and serious injury to cyclists: collisions with HGV vehicles.
The latest move in the initiative, which has been running since 2007, features a police-liveried Mercedes-Benz Actros lorry.
Cyclists are invited up into the cabin to get a first-hand impression of how little a truck driver can see. The idea is that riders will be able to take the new knowledge into account when they ride close to large vehicles.
The Actros, supplied by Sparshatts of Kent with the backing of Mercedes-Benz UK, costs the police nothing except fuel and is driven only by fully-trained police driv...