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15th January 2016

Staff and students from York College had the opportunity to sit in the driving seat of a Pullman bus as part of a series of #TravelSavvy Roadshow activities, organised by Sustrans and funded by the City of York Council’s itravelyork initiative.

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The aim of the exercise was for York College staff and students to appreciate the dangers caused by driver blind spots on buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles. York Pullman runs several College bus services and the company kindly loaned Erwin, a College bus driver and vehicle to help illustrate the dangers, in the safety of the College grounds.

York College Careers Coordinator Andy D’Agorne said: “In normal traffic there are often occasions when pedestrians and cyclists are in close proximity to buses. Dangers arise when they are close in front of or on the nearside of the bus or the bus is turning left and has to swing out to get round the corner. These areas are called ‘blind spots’ because the bus driver cannot see them and so could hit someone without knowing they are there. It is important we recognise these dangers and are able to educate staff and students.”

Students studying Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering sat in the driver’s seat. Alastair Williams, previously of Pocklington School said: “I use the College buses and being able to see what the drivers can and cannot see is really interesting.”

The #TravelSavvy Roadshow running throughout January 2016, has included a variety of events such as basic cycle skills, bike maintenance workshops and night and solar system social rides!

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