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Safe driving in Chigwell

February 18th 2020
By: Melanie Hollidge
Safe driving in Chigwell

We all want the roads of Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford to be safe especially for pedestrians and cyclist. Urban driving skills are a must nowadays and if you are living in Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford there are some regular opportunities to help you improve your safe urban driving skills.

On Friday, 21st February 2020 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm based at the Hallmark Hotel, Manor Road, Chigwell IG8 8AE you can sign up for The Safe Urban Driving course. This short intensive course focuses on vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclist’s and motorcyclists but has a focus on cyclists. 

The course consists of two 3.5 hour modules (both delivered on the same day); the first module is classroom-based theory, and the second module, an outdoor practical session where drivers get cyclists to view of the road.

In the Theory Module, the course focuses on sharing the road safely and highlights the vulnerability of other road users. It also explains how the London streetscape is evolving to encourage more walking and cycling. Subjects covered include The driver’s role in the Fleet, Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), urban driving, changing streetscape and route planning, vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, sharing the road, observation devices and cycle training, collision avoidance and defensive driving, hazard recognition and perception, driver responsibility and attitude.

Then there is a Practical Module including an initial bicycle control skills training, drivers ride on bikes to areas of potential conflict including junctions, traffic lights and Advanced Stop Lines. Subjects covered include: Introducing active travel, driver fitness and health, giving drivers a cyclist’s perspective of riding on busy roads and an understanding of the issues faced by vulnerable road users, recognising best driving practice around cyclists, practical on-road experience at areas of potential driver/cyclist conflict including, junctions, traffic lights and Advanced Stop Lines.

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