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Safe Urban Driving Courses


The Safe Urban Driving (SUD) and Van Smart (VS) courses focus on safe professional driving and interaction with vulnerable road users, including cyclists. We run these courses in partnership with JAUPT approved training centres.

The SUD course includes practical on-road cycling for drivers and counts towards their 35 hours DCPC Periodic Training. In Cambridge, the University have a Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety initiative (Cambridge CLOCS) whereby all drivers of HGVs coming on to their building sites need to have done this course.


The course caters for a maximum of 24 drivers per session. The workshop consists of two 3.5 hour modules (7 hours total DCPC accredited time), one classroom based and one practical module. It is aimed at all drivers of vans and Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) who operate in urban areas.

The course explains how the urban streetscape is evolving to encourage more walking and cycling. It also allows drivers to ride on bicycles in areas of potential conflict including junction turns, traffic lights and ASLs. This 'real life' experience gives drivers a positive cyclist's perspective of riding in a busy urban environment.

Course Aims

  • Appreciate how and why urban roads are changing to accommodate active travel (ie walking and cycling)

  • Identify the most VRUs and how they interact with traffic

  • Share the roads safely with others by applying defensive driving techniques

  • Know the use and limitations of supplementary vehicle safety equipment and how to maintain its effectiveness

  • Gain first-hand experience as a VRU, through on-cycle hazard awareness, and recognise why cyclists behave the way they do

Further Information

Please scroll down to find a list of upcoming courses. We predominately run SUD courses from our training centre in Cambridge but can also run these at your site.  

If you have any further questions or would like to book, do please get in touch and we can send you further details.

NSID Train the Trainer for SUD Cycle Trainers

Do you want to build understanding, create positive relationships and improve the experience of commuting for all road users?

We offer a FORS approved Train the Trainer course to equip fully qualified National Standard Instructors (NSIQs) with the skills to deliver effective and educational SUD courses. The course covers:

  • Managing challenging behaviour and building positive relationships

  • The publications and schemes supporting freight in London

  • Conducting theory and practical training sessions

We offer courses which NSIQs can book onto and we are happy to arrange courses specifically for Bikeability schemes. For more information and to book, please get in touch

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