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At the TIDE project final conference that took place in Barcelona on 15-16 September, the London Borough of Ealing has been awarded the TIDE award in the Innovative Transport City Category for its cycle safety shield for Lorries that enables the latter to detect vulnerable road users and hence greatly diminishes any risk of collision. With this award the TIDE project wanted to reward the London Borough of Ealing for its courage to introduce this innovative and daring measure to meet urban transport challenges in a sustainable and effective way.
Why this measure?
London Borough of Ealing has excellent radial transport links with the centre of London but orbital movement to neighbouring areas is difficult with routes frequently congested with traffic. Encouraging more cycling and public transport use is therefore key to mitigating these issues. To increase road safety, Ealing Council took a proactive lead in developing a new system to deal with road casualties, particularly lorry and cyclist collisions.
Development and testing of the Cycle Safety Shield
Ealing Council researched various existing technologies for dealing with issue of cyclist and lorry collisions but could not find a comprehensive system that worked as a collision avoidance system that warned lorry drivers of a potential collision with only cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists (filtering out other inanimate objects to eliminate repetitive and unnecessary alarms)
The Cycle Safety Shield was delivered in collaboration with commercial and public sector partners during a six month trial period (end of 2013 until mid-2014). During this period the Cycle Safety Shield has potentially stopped 15 serious collisions and improved fuel efficiency and driver behaviour.
The Cycle Safety Shield system developed included:
The Cycle Shield technology is currently being rolled out on Ealing Council’s fleet of Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs), while other council contractors are also implementing these sensors. Negotiations are progressing for the wider take up of this system across Greater London.
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