Helping the community get on their bikes and be safe

Posted: 22/10/2015

With health and safety a major priority on all of their sites, Higgins Construction PLC recently held a cycle safety event for the local community at its Sutherland Road site in Walthamstow.

The event gave cyclists of all ages the chance to learn more about road safety and even have the opportunity to get inside a Higgins construction lorry to experience the blinds spots where a cyclist is most at risk.

Julie Brooks, Environmental Manager for Higgins Construction comments, “Safety on our roads is of paramount importance to Higgins Construction and we are pleased to have been accredited by FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) for improved fleet activity and safety in the UK.

“The community of Waltham Forest is extremely committed to cycling, having been successful in its bid to Transport for London for £30million to fund a mini Holland cycling programme. We hope our cycling safety event continued to add to the importance of pedal power in the area and promote it as a safe and enjoyable way to get around.”

As well as promoting cycle safety the Metropolitan Police were available at the event for bicycle registration and security advice. Mamachari, the local bicycle shop was also present to provide guidance on safety and merchandise including ‘Bike Doctor’ (safety checks and bike repairs). Free refreshments were supplied by Wood Street Coffee Blackhorse Workshop.

As part of the work on site Higgins Construction will demolish the existing industrial units and provide 59 new homes in four separate buildings, along with parking, shared communal gardens and a health centre. The development will offer affordable home ownership to local residents, with 42 of the properties available for shared ownership. The remaining 17 homes will be available for affordable rent.

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