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Cycling policy means safety rethink – audio

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Local Authorities across the country are turning to ITS to make cycling safer, in the light of new legislation from the Government.

The new obligations, which came in in July, mean they must have specific cycling strategies with a definitive plan on how they will be implemented.

Stephen Trinder, Commercial Manager at AGD told Smart Highways Editor Paul Hutton: “it’s no longer viable just to say you wish to do it, you have to come up with a framework and engage with potential suppliers into that market.

“The main reason for strategies is to enable the cyclists to be safe.  They are a vulnerable road user and it is very important to be able to determine exactly where they are in the road environment and the traffic management can be adjusted to provide the maximum safety for them.”

Speaking at the JCT Traffic Signals Symposium, AGD says it’s now using its advanced radar detection platforms that give positional information to give the extra element for safety, and because they can differentiate between different types of road user.

Stephen Trinder adds that the radar can usually be fixed to existing roadside infrastructure so they can be installed quickly.

You can hear the interview with Stephen Trinder here:

 
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