Glasgow Installs UK’s First Cycle-Activated Signs

Glasgow City Council has become the UK’s first local authority to install cycle-activated electronic signs to improve safety on its roads.

The LED warning signs are activated by movements from cyclists, which prompts them to illuminate and alert drivers that a cyclist is present.

This system is designed to reduce incidents, particularly at side junctions or building entrances where a driver’s line of sight may be restricted.

Cycle-Activated Signs
The installation of the signage is a safety initiative that aims to minimise the likelihood of drivers pulling out or turning across the path of cyclists

Following a successful pilot which showed a decrease in the number of incidents between drivers and cyclists at the junction of Berkeley Street and Claremont Street, the solar-powered electronic signs have now been installed at multiple locations across Glasgow.

Cllr Angus Millar, Transport and Climate Convener said:

“We want people to think of cycling as accessible, safe and attractive, and as an everyday transport mode and leisure activity. Creating a safer cycling city is a key element of our Cycling Plan in which we have pledged to improve safety for cyclists by providing better facilities and encouraging mutual respect between all road and path users.

“Our cycle-activated signage project is an innovative and environmentally-friendly solution that seeks to prioritise and protect vulnerable road users and prevent collisions. Initiatives such as this which focuses on reducing potential incidents on our road network benefit all road users and highlights our resolute commitment to making cycling an enjoyable and viable way to get around.”

These cycle-activated signs are grant-funded by Transport Scotland’s Cycling Walking Safer Routes programme..

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