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Cycle Alert sensor device installed in buses gives cyclists a safer ride
A NEW safety device designed to warn bus drivers when cyclists are close to their vehicle has gone on show to students and travel operators in York.
The system, called Cycle Alert, is being tested at the University of York, as reported by The Press, and has been installed in the city’s Unibuses, which link the two main university sites, the city centre and the railway station.
A demonstration of the equipment was given to representatives from iTravel York, City of York Council and the university’s cycling team during a panel discussion about the future of cycling in the city.
The device comprises a tag fitted to the bicycle or cyclist, sensors on the vehicle and a cab-mounted device to alert the driver.
Developed by Steve Braithwaite and Peter Le Masurier, it is also undergoing a test period in London.
Nine buses which serve the university have been fitted with special sensors at blind spots around the vehicles, which alert drivers to the presence of cyclists, who have other sensors attached to their bikes.
Mr Le Masurier, founder of Cycle Alert, said: “If the trial is successful, hopefully Transdev will roll them out across a larger field of business.
“We had quite a lot of interest with the Freshers’ fair. I was very impressed by the level of knowledge of young students but they all wanted to learn about cycling safety in general in York, as they had just moved here.
“A lot were apprehensive about cycling in a bigger city and saw Cycle Alert as something which may be able to help them and give them a feeling of safety.”
Mike Clough, president of the university cycling team, said: “I think in terms of innovation it’s an amazing achievement, and I was surprised how small it was.
“I would take it up. I think we got quoted £5 and if it’s that much then I would definitely do it. It’s £5 that could save my life, I would rather spend that than the alternative, especially when I cycle so much.”
At the event, audience members also told the panel they would like to see a more continental approach to cycling, with greater education for motorists as well as school children, to instil a mutual respect on the roads.
For more information on CycleAlert, go to cyclealert.com
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