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Edinburgh City Council to put drivers through cycle training

  • 13 December 2013
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Edinburgh City Council plans on putting its LGV driver workforce through a cycle training scheme to improve safety on the city’s roads.

Plans to give the local authority’s entire driver workforce on-road cycle training by the end of 2015 were approved yesterday, with a pilot scheme likely to begin sometime in 2014.

Half of the four cyclist fatalities on Edinburgh’s roads since 2011 have involved vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, and Edinburgh hopes to be the first local authority in Scotland to offer the training.

Councillor Jim Orr, vice convener for transport and environment, said: “The aim would be to encourage LGV drivers to empathise with cyclists and reduce risks to them. Drivers would be trained to understand how cyclists, who are vulnerable road users, do and should ride and how to share the road safely with them.”

He added that the idea originated from a similar scheme in the London Borough of Hackney.

A Edinburgh City Council spokeswoman was unable to confirm how many drivers will be given the training.

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