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Quarrying firm puts cycle safety in spotlight

The potential dangers associated with cycling close to lorries will be under the spotlight as Wiltshire-based Hills Quarry Products introduces the Mineral Products Association’s national Cycle Safe campaign at a cycling event in Swindon.

The company will have its vehicles on show at the Big Bike Week Show at Wharf Green, Swindon on Saturday, June 15.

Alan Mackenzie, group director Hills Quarry Products, said: “We are supporting the MPA’s campaign, which aims to prevent collisions between cyclists and Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs) by raising awareness on both side of how to cycle and drive as safely as possible.”

The MPA’s Cycle Safe campaign highlights the potential risk of undertaking lorries and getting too close to them at left-hand turns and roundabouts.

Cycle Safe leaflets which give practical tips on ways to prevent potential dangers will be handed out at both events.

Cyclists, both young and old, will be given the opportunity to sit in the cab of a lorry to understand the driver’s perspective, experience visibility issues and share their own road experiences.

The danger of cycling on the nearside of a vehicle turning left will also be highlighted.

The continuing growth in the number of cyclists, particularly in urban areas, is increasing the risks of collisions between cyclists and motor vehicles. Every year in the UK, hundreds of cyclists are injured or killed in accidents with motor vehicles, including lorries.

Alan said: “Hills is committed to playing its part in minimising hazards and risks for all road users. We look forward to meeting lots of Wiltshire’s cyclists to promote a better understanding amongst road users on how to stay safe when cycling.”