To enhance protection for vulnerable road users, Huntingdonshire District Council now has four new Dennis Eagle bin lorries which have been fitted with Innovative Safety Systems (ISS) cycle safety system ‘Cyclear’.
Rear view of new vehicle
The Cyclear warning display system is fitted to HGVs to alert cyclists and other vulnerable road users when the vehicle is turning left - a manoeuvre that is believed to be a major cause of cycling injury across the UK.
Our vehicles are fitted with an illuminated bicycle ‘strike through’ sign at the rear to alert cyclists that the vehicle is indicating left. At the same time, an audible speaker announces the vehicle’s intended manoeuvre.
Illuminated signage on new vehicle
Each vehicle is also fitted with sensors located on the nearside that detect when a cyclist is travelling beside the vehicle. This in turn alerts the driver that a cyclist is near and to be cautious.
Sensors on the vehicle
Cllr Marge Beutell, Executive Councillor for Operations and Regulations, whose responsibilities include refuse and recycling services, said: "We are fully committed to improving road safety for users both outside and inside our vehicles, and also significantly reducing our environmental impact. The Cyclear Safety System is just one of a number of systems now available to help us achieve our aims."