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CJ Lang & Son Ltd, the SPAR wholesaler for Scotland, is helping children cycle more safely with visits to schools as part of its Safe Cycling campaign.

Earlier this month, Alan Brown, CJ Lang & Son Distribution Centre Manager, visited a local primary school in Dundee alongside several of the company’s HGV drivers, to spread the safety message.

During the visit to Rosebank Primary, they gave a talk during assembly focused on making children aware of the blind spot that drivers have when they’re on the road. They encouraged pupils to pay attention while on their bikes around our vehicles.

To make the experience interactive and engaging for the children, the pupils all sat in the drivers’ cab, tried out tooting the horn, and had the opportunity to see the blind spot from a drivers view.

Alan Brown, CJ Lang & Son Ltd Distribution Centre Manager, said: “As part of our training with our drivers, they told us that while they know the dangers of the blind spot on our HGVs, they want to understand more about what that means for vulnerable road users and, in particular, children in our communities.

“Based on their feedback, we contacted Dundee City Council and offered them the opportunity for CJ Lang to take a vehicle into schools and give an assembly talk on safe cycling,” he said.

“Rosebank Primary School was the first school to take up the offer but we will be rolling out our campaign across Scotland, to help avoid accidents – in particular, when cycling in the blind spot of an HGV.

“We are delighted to be able to take such a proactive approach in our communities and to educate our children through visual learning about staying safe,” he said.