In 2011, VolkerHighways in partnership with the London Borough of Hackney introduced a new cycle training initiative programme as part of its commitment to ensuring the safety of all road users.
The Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is a new qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. It has been introduced across Europe with the aim of improving road safety and helping to maintain high standards of driving. VolkerHighways, training provider M2, the London Borough of Hackney and Cycle Training UK (CTUK) all joined together to create a one day training program which was designed to meet the legal requirements of CPC and incorporate an element of cycle training.
Working alongside a CPC trainer, VolkerHighways employees attended a pilot training day at the Millfields depot in Hackney. The main aims of the session were to become more considerate road users, both as drivers and cyclists.
Some of the employees hadn't ridden a bike in over 30 years and had a negative perception of cyclists. However, by the end of the day the attitudes of those who attended the training session had vastly improved. Employees gained a mutual respect for each other's road space, a good understanding why cyclists choose certain road positions and developed a clearer understanding of cyclists body language.
Hackney sees these type of training days as the way forward to improving the safety of their roads. They are actively applying to become a training provider and we will encourage others to take up their courses, making Hackney a more sustainable community.