Hackney fits cyclist safety equipment to buses

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Hackney Council has announced its decision to install the Cyclear cyclist warning display system from Innovative Safety Systems (ISS) to a fleet of 22 wheelchair access buses, which are used to transport children with special educational needs (SEN). The authority is also installing Cyclear to 24 new refuse collection vehicles due to be delivered from October this year.

Hackney has always been committed to finding safer and more sustainable ways of running its fleet and was a major contributor to the development of the Safe Urban Driving initiative, which is now a requirement for the FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) and CLOCS (Construction Logistics And Cyclist Safety) standards.

Norman Harding, corporate fleet manager, Hackney, said: “We have long recognised the need to take steps to improve the safety of cyclists and vulnerable road users. We have trialled most systems but we found flaws or blind spots in every case. We came across Cyclear and we have been trialling it on one of our RCVs for about a year.”

Cyclear helps to protect vulnerable road users by detecting passing cyclists and audibly alerting the driver. The system visually alerts drivers to the presence of cyclists when the left indicator is activated. An audible speaker also sounds to let cyclists and vulnerable road users know when the vehicle is turning left as a second tier warning. This is coupled with an intelligent sensor arrangement that detects cyclists and alerts drivers if they are being undertaken even when the indicator is not in operation.

Harding added: “We are very satisfied with Cyclear’s performance during our trials. It doesn’t suffer with the same faults as the other systems we have encountered, such as false alarming when the vehicle goes past street furniture and signs. It’s reliable and we’ve had positive feedback from our drivers who feel reassured to have the equipment on board. Going forward we will probably make Cyclear part of the standard fit on our HGVs, as long as it remains the best technology available.”

Hackney has also installed the RX3 Hard Disk Camera Recording system from ISS to the vehicles. It can accommodate up to 16 cameras and also records vehicle speed, acceleration and GPS positioning.

Vehicle safety technology specialist ISS designs, supplies and maintains vehicle safety and efficiency equipment, most of which is manufactured here in the UK. Its product range includes vehicle CCTV, hard disk recording, remote footage download systems, reversing radar, fuel saving modules, vehicle-tracking systems, LED lighting and warning beacons.

Gavin Thoday, Director, ISS, said: “We spent four years developing the system and looked at the problem from the perspective of everyone involved; cyclists, drivers and fleet operators. The result is a robust and reliable solution that meets the needs of all parties. It's great news that Hackney has adopted our technology for both its passenger transport and waste collection fleets.“

ISS has recently launched a new addition to the ‘Clear’ family – Reaclear (International Patent Pending) - a new reversing device aimed at the waste management sector, which has been designed to eliminate accidents caused during reversing manoeuvres.


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