Wallingford Mayor pledges support for cycle safety campaign

Cyclists from as far afield as the Isle of Man, Portsmouth and Peterborough, took part in Sunday’s Wallingford Festival of Cycling and lent their support for a new cycle safety campaign.

Hundreds of riders signed a special pledge committing to good behaviour, safe cycling and safe driving on the roads, a commitment mirrored by a team of drivers from Grundon Waste Management, which sponsored the event.

The Mayor of Wallingford, Councillor Rosslyn Lester, watching as Peter Kent, Grundon’s depot operations and special events manager, demonstrates some of the many safety features on a Grundon vehicle.
The Mayor of Wallingford, Councillor Rosslyn Lester, watching as Peter Kent, Grundon’s depot operations and special events manager, demonstrates some of the many safety features on a Grundon vehicle.

Among those who took advantage of the opportunity for a close-up look at all the technology Grundon installs on its Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs), were the Mayor of Wallingford, Councillor Rosslyn Lester and chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council, Councillor Paul Harrison.

Councillor Paul Harrison, chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council, sees a drivers eye view.
Councillor Paul Harrison, chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council, sees a drivers eye view.

Councillor Paul Harrison, chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council, gets a drivers eye view.

Both sat inside one of the vehicles and experienced for themselves just what drivers can and can’t see from the cab, with blind spots demonstrated by a series of strategically-parked stationary bicycles.

Event organiser, Tony Sefton commented: “It was a great festival and we were delighted to see so many riders supporting the safety campaign. This is only our second year and it was very encouraging to have so many people – young and old alike – coming together to celebrate getting out into the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside on two wheels.”

Taking part in the Festival’s 100km Sportive challenge was Andrew Short, Grundon’s Estates Director, who said: “It was a fabulous and very well-run day, so thanks must go to the organisers. As a cyclist, safety is very close to both my heart and also to Grundon’s, and it was a great opportunity to show off all the fantastic technology, such as 360 degree cameras and side scanners, that we use to help keep both cyclists and other road users safe.”

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