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Traffic light detection technology to make cycling safer

Trials of new technology that would give cyclists more time to get through traffic lights at key junctions have started in London.

The safety of cycling in the capital has been under the spotlight in recent weeks, as six cyclists have been killed this year, with all the incidents involving collisions with lorries.

The trials, taking place along Cable Street on one of London's cycling's superhighways, detect the numbers of cyclist travelling along a route.

This enables the traffic signal timings to be adjusted to give more green time when there are high numbers of cyclists at key junctions during peak periods.

The trials are testing two types of new technology - one radar-based and one thermal-based, which measures the heat of riders as they enter the detection zone - to measure their effectiveness in detecting cyclists.

Transport for London (TfL) will carry out three additional trials along the cycle superhighway network to test both, with different junction designs as they assess the possibility of introducing them across the capital.

By using the data from the detection technology, TfL plans to make the timings at the traffic signals reflect demand on a second-by-second basis, helping to provide immediate benefit to cycle flow at junctions.

Subject to the outcome of these further trials, TfL will look to expand the use of the technology as part of wider cycle infrastructure investment in London.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: "Once again, London leads the way as we host world-first trials of technology that has the potential to bring significant benefits to cyclists.

"With record numbers taking to two wheels, we are doing everything we can to make our roads more inviting places to be."

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