Hackney Council has paid for the installation of cyclist detecting camera technology on 22 new wheelchair accessible buses.
The ‘Cyclear’ system was purchased for £40,000 as a part of the borough’s campaign for safer vehicles. Cyclear visually and audibly alerts the driver of the passing cyclist with the aim of making the roads safer.
The rise in the number of people cycling in the UK has led to an increase in the number of road accidents. The majority of these incidents have occurred in urban areas. Hackney Council plans to expand the use of Cyclear technology to other council-owned vehicles.
Speaking to Eastlondonlines a representative from Cyclear’s supplier Innovative Safety Systems (ISS) explained that: “In October 2016, another £40,000 will be spent installing this technology on 24 new refuse collection vehicles.”
Norman Harding, Corporate Fleet Manager of Hackney Council said: “We have long recognised the need to take steps to improve the safety of cyclists and vulnerable road users. Cyclear is a reliable system and our drivers feel reassured to have the equipment on board.”