New Road System Warns Drivers If A Bike Is Coming
A Dutch construction company is making intersections safer with LED lights and sensors
For active cyclists around the world, there’s nothing quite as terrifying as getting into an accident on a busy street or intersection. One town in the Netherlands has moved beyond dash cams and bike lanes to keep its bike enthusiasts safe—they’ve installed special censors that warn drivers that cyclists are making their way across the road.
BikeScout is a new and innovative sensor that uses LED lights to warn cars that bicyclists will soon be crossing the street, without the cyclist in question needing to stop. Construction company Heijmans has implemented it in the Meerenakkerweg-Kasteellaan roundabout, a high traffic area in the municipality of Eindhovena. The sensors will be placed there for six weeks for evaluation, before assessing the data collected and holding a focus group of local citizens to decide whether to implement more sensors.