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Brits demand smart city measures to create safer roads

More than half believe technology should be put in place to protect vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians, according to research.

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Citizens believe smart cities technology can address road safety concerns
Citizens believe smart cities technology can address road safety concerns

More than half of Britons believe that smart city technology and measures should be put in place to make the UK’s roads safer for vulnerable users such as cyclists and pedestrians, according to research.

 

The report, by road blocker, bollards and vehicle barrier systems company, ATG Access, examines how the problems of urbanisation such as road safety and congestion could be addressed by such technology.

 

Safety measures

 

The study found that 56 per cent of people call for smart city measures to make the roads safer for cyclists, while 66 per cent want pedestrian safety and security to be improved by smart city measures being implemented in their local area.

 

In particular, 40 per cent of consumers would like dedicated bus and cycle lanes in busy periods, which could be enabled by smart barriers that extend and retract according to traffic density, helping to reduce accidents and congestion.

 

Strategically placed smart road sensors are also in demand, with nearly half (47 per cent) of respondents expressing a desire for these to be deployed. These sensors can monitor congestion and detect accidents and other hazards, such as ice forming on the roads, in real time, helping to protect both drivers and vulnerable road users.

 

Responsive smart barriers and traffic lights could also help to minimise the risk to road users in the event of a security incident, by managing the flow of cars, cyclists and pedestrians throughout the event, allowing better access for the emergency services.

"We are currently struggling to find effective ways of making the roads safe for cyclists, and must start exploring new, more sophisticated methods of improving our transport infrastructure"

“While cyclist and pedestrian safety is undoubtedly a key concern for planning and transport departments, the most recent government data shows that 18,477 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents in 2016, including 3,499 who were killed or seriously injured,” said Gavin Hepburn, managing director, ATG Access.

 

“This clearly shows that we are currently struggling to find effective ways of making the roads safe for cyclists, and must start exploring new, more sophisticated methods of improving our transport infrastructure. This will only become more important as our cities are expected to become increasingly congested in the coming years.

 

“The strategic implementation of smart city measures could help to greatly increase the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, while also making it more appealing for greater numbers of people to walk or cycle, which will be crucial if we are to achieve a more sustainable future.”

 

For the full report, go to Smart Cities: Turning the Dream into a Reality

 

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