Transport for London is undertaking “world-first trials” of new technology that will give cyclists more time on green lights at major junctions.
The Department for Transport has given blanket approval for the scheme, which will enable traffic signal timings to be adjusted when there are high numbers of cyclists at key junctions during rush hour.
The trials will test two types of new technology – one using radars and one using thermal sensors to detect the heat of riders. TfL said the technology could help “reflect demand on a second-by-second basis”.
Garrett Emmerson, chief operating officer for surface transport at TfL, said: “These hugely innovative trials are another major step forward to create roads designed for all types of road users. By having traffic signals that are able to detect when there are high numbers of cyclists waiting at junctions, we can ensure they are given adequate time and safe passage through the junction, balancing the needs of everyone.”
London mayor Boris Johnson is also backing the trial, the first of which will take place along Cable Street on Cycle Superhighway 3. Three others will be tried throughout the network, before being deployed across the capital.
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.”