First to hold more ‘Cycling Swap Me’ events

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A ‘Cycling Swap with Me’ event held by First in Bath to promote road safety with local cyclists and the company’s bus drivers has been hailed as a big success.

Held on October 5 at the Odd Down Cycle Circuit off Chelwood Drive in Bath, the purpose of the event was to help cyclists and bus drivers to understand the safety concerns that each can have when sharing the roads.

The event was well attended by cyclists from Bath and the nearby areas as well as First bus drivers and staff.

For the exercises cyclists got to sit in the bus driver’s seat and bus drivers were able to cycle past a stationary bus. Participants were also able to talk to each other about their experiences, share ideas and discuss the things they had learned about the best practises for safer journeys.

First also plans to roll out a number of other ‘Cycling Swap Me’ events across the region in the future, which it is hoped will mean that many more bus drivers and local cyclists will be able to bene????it from the invaluable insights that a ‘swap with me’ type exercise can offer.

Natacha Tagholm, First’s Regional Customer Services Manager, said: “We were really pleased to see the amount of people who came along and, as one of the region’s biggest transport providers, it was great to be able to connect with so many keen cyclists in this way. In particular we would like to thank the hard work of independent cycling trainer, Marc Taylor, and Paul Lowe from Cycling Instructor who did a fantastic job running the training events.”