Protecting Cyclists in Bedfordshire
A tailor-made traffic solution from SWARCO is helping to keep cyclists protected on busy country lanes with limited visibility in Bedfordshire.
The fully solar powered solution enables realtime information updates and status reports to be accessed – including information on power, communication and fault detection to ensure safety critical signs remain at optimum capacity.
It utilises bespoke Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) at each end of a defined detection zone, with each zone being around 750 metres in length. When a cyclist passes into the zone, a signal is sent from an AGD 318 traffic control radar to the VAS at either end of the zone from either direction. The signs illuminate to warn approaching drivers travelling above a pre-set speed threshold that a cyclist is in the area, as well as displaying a warning message advising drivers to reduce their speed.
Paul Wright, a Technical Estimator at SWARCO responsible for designing the solution, says:
“This project involved creating a bespoke solution tailored to the needs of Central Bedfordshire Council.
“Jacobs asked us to design a scheme that would detect a cyclist in the lanes and alert motorists to their presence. The lanes leave both cyclists and motorists blind to one another, with high hedges that make it difficult to see the road ahead.
“We have created a reliable solution that will help improve driver awareness of vulnerable road users and increase safety for cyclists.”