O’Donovan Waste Disposal, one of London’s leading independent waste management companies, has been invited to run an Exchanging Places event at this year’s Haringey Park2Park celebrations on Wednesday 14th June.
Throughout the day, 150 children from 12 local schools will be taking part in the mass bike ride to celebrate passing the Bikeability course, which saw them receive a Bikeability badge, certificate and cycle helmet. The ride, which has been organised by Cycling Instructor on behalf of Haringey Council, will begin at Lordship Recreational Ground and finish at Alexandra Palace.
The route will include a picnic at Finsbury Park, where the O’Donovan Waste team will be on hand to work closely with the children and discuss drivers’ blind spots around lorries. The company is known industry-wide for innovation across its fleet, having been the first company in the UK to buy and use the Mercedes-Benz Econic Skip Loaders, providing direct vision between driver and cyclist, removing blind spots.
Overseen by O’Donovan’s driver trainer Paul Neal and Fleet Risk Manager Liam Clement-Smith, the children will have the chance to sit inside the cab of an HGV and be shown first-hand how innovation has led to improved safety features, including cameras, mirrors and audible warnings, to keep vulnerable road users safe. This in an approach that O’Donovan regularly run alongside the MET and City Police to help vulnerable road users across the capital.
O’Donovan is leading the way in road safety, having been directly involved in the design of a new lorry cab which prioritises visibility of vulnerable road users. As a Construction Logistics and Community Safety Champion, O’Donovan is taking resolute steps and encouraging cultural change to reduce the road danger posed by construction industry vehicles and take their corporate social responsibility seriously.
O’Donovan managing director, Jacqueline O’Donovan, said:
“We are delighted to be included in this celebration of road safety. As a family that has been brought up, schooled and now working in Haringey, it is important to us as a family to give back to the community. It’s vital that we educate children about it and, as a progressive company known for bold decisions, we are keen to ensure we are making the best choices to help further protect vulnerable road users – and this includes an education process for the younger generation. We continue to make significant ongoing investments in our fleet and drivers to ensure that we are in the best possible position to do this.”
Gerry Del Guercio, Director at Cycling Instructor, said:
“Park2park is a perfect way to celebrate cycling in the borough of Haringey. We love bringing together all the schools we have worked with to show off their new cycle skills to the public and are excited for them to learn about road safety from O’Donovan.”