Waterford pilots ‘Safer Cycling’ project, with the help of Go Dungarvan

Contract signing for Safe Cycling Research & Developement ProgrammeIt has been several years in the making but finally, through the Go Dungarvan project, an alternative solution to safe cycling at roundabouts has been initiated. The contracts have been signed and the research has commenced.

All present were excited with the prospects of finding a solution to the long burdened issues that arise between cyclists and other users of roundabouts. Barry Downes CEO was delighted that the project was going to be piloted locally “With the help of Waterford City & County Council, TSSG are in a unique position to be able to develop technology that will impact on everyday lives. The Safer Cycling project will have a direct impact on all road users and will demonstrate a novel approach to solving an everyday problem”

Traditional solutions to ensure safe navigation of roundabouts have required high costs and large infrastructural change. The best part of ‘Safe cycling’ is that the solution sought is low cost and can be further developed to expand beyond its primary function and serve a wider purpose. Roundabouts are perceived as one of the most dangerous junctions for cyclists. Motorists typically do not expect cyclists at roundabout and are more aware of other vehicles, which can lead to accidents. Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) in collaboration with Waterford County Council, are developing technology that can actively track cyclists as they approach allowing Intelligent Road Signage System (IRSS) to relay early warning notices to motorists.

Dr Steven Davy, Research Manager at TSSG explained the new research at the launch of “The ‘Safe Cycling’ research project will develop a low cost Intelligent Road Signage System (IRSS) which has the potential to dramatically improve safety for cyclists across Ireland. At first this research will impact locally. Going forward it falls in line with the Road Safety Authority’s (RSA) national campaign ‘Cycle Smart, Cycle Safe’ and will impact greatly by reducing accidents significantly and improving cyclists safety”.

“Waterford City & County Council is delighted to be involved in this exciting project. The council recognizes the potential this project presents to solve one of the most difficult road safety problems and its committed to assisting this project in any way it can” Paul Daly, Director of Services, Waterford City & County Council.

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Contract signing for Safe Cycling Research & Development Programme: Seated (l to r) Michael Walsh, Waterford City & County Manager; Barry Downes CEO TSSG: Dr. Steven Davy, Research Unit Manager TSSG. Standing (l to r) Tom Rogers, Go Dungarvan Project Co-Ordinater.Fearghal Reidy, Economic Development Officer and Paul Daly, DOS WCC.