Pic: Mark Symonds, Road Safety Officer with Keith Martin, Operations Manager, Edinburgh City Council
City of Edinburgh Council is demonstrating its commitment to cyclists and vulnerable road users by installing market leading safety equipment from Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS) to its waste and recycling collection fleet, comprising over 40 vehicles.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport and Environment Convener, the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The safety of the public and our operators is a top priority and we are committed to promoting safe cycling in the city. We started trialling different types of equipment over a year ago and took the decision to fit Cyclear® and 360 degree CCTV hard disk recording equipment to our waste and recycling collection vehicles.”
Cyclear® helps to protect vulnerable road users by detecting passing cyclists and audibly alerting the driver. The system 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 and the indicator is not in operation.
The RX3 hard disk recording system has a proven track record in reliability and can accommodate up to 16 cameras and 2 audio inputs. Key features include speed, XYZ acceleration and GPS positioning.
Keith Boyfield, Sales Manager ISS said: “We are delighted that Edinburgh has adopted our equipment and that both crew and management are pleased. Drivers are reassured by the equipment and are already reporting that fewer cyclists are travelling down the left hand side of vehicles since it has been installed.”
”Councillor Hinds continued: “This equipment has been well received by drivers and crews and is performing well. Not only does the camera recording system assist with safety it helps us to investigate any claims made against the council and prevent or detect crime.”
“We now hope to fit the same systems to all HGVs across the Council over the coming years.”
For further information about the RX3 DVR System, LANlink, Cyclear® or other ISS products and services tel:02476 442699 or visit www.iss-international.co.uk.