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Old 12-24-16, 12:27 AM   #1
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Truckers on bikes

This ought to tickle a few regulars. I guess this could be called an object lesson in empathy and I think it's a very good idea.

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I was sceptical about the training. However when I did it I was surprised. Cycling with a truck beside you is genuinely scary. I am glad I got to see that for myself and can now play a role in making the streets of London safer for cyclists.
Lorry drivers trained on bikes in bid to cut cycling deaths in London | London Evening Standard


Way back in the day I learned to drive a big rig just so I could figure out why the tomato truck drivers in the Sacramento Valley were such jerks, so I've been on the other side of this lesson. (I learned that they work 16-hour shifts with only every 8th day off, sometimes going 28-straight days without a break; that would make most of us jerks.)
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A little empathy goes a long way.
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Further supports my long-held position of the requirement for 8 hours or more of on-road in-traffic bike experience to earn a drivers license.
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Now that they are doing it in London. They should be doing it elswhere. Not just Scotland n' Wales. Also, Ireland(both sides), Australia, New Zealand, and all of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the U.S.. Maybe that might be too much to ask for.

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Further supports my long-held position of the requirement for 8 hours or more of on-road in-traffic bike experience to earn a drivers license.
I think ideally we'd have people go from - bicycle -> motorcycle -> automobile

And in the US we'd have mandatory road tests every few years on top of written permit exams being a little more strict than they are now.
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Further supports my long-held position of the requirement for 8 hours or more of on-road in-traffic bike experience to earn a drivers license.
Fully agree... plus make it part of public school training... after all... it IS all about using public roads.
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I spent most of my working life as an over the road driver.(Now retired) Much of that time, I was also an avid cyclist.
You would be surprised to know how many drivers carry bikes with them on the road. when I founded this facebook group, I had no idea it would take on a life of it's own.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1579...?ref=bookmarks
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Fully agree... plus make it part of public school training... after all... it IS all about using public roads.
When I was a lad 40+ years ago, they had already cut drivers ed due to lack of funding. Unfortunately, I don't think schools are funded any better now and with the strong resistance this nation has to paying taxes I doubt that will change any time soon.

As completion of a drivers ed course resulted in significantly lower insurance costs, we took drivers ed at the nearby Catholic high school.
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