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Hull City Council deploys smart technology to improve cyclist safety

Intelligent studs will sense riders approaching and illuminate to alert motorists

Hull City Council is installing smart technology at three junctions on a multi-million pound road project to alert motorists that cyclists are approaching.

The works, part of the A1033 Stoneferry Corridor project, will see intelligent road studs deployed where a shared use path running alongside the main road crosses Maxwell Street, Woodhall Street and Morley Street.

The studs will illuminate once they detect cyclists approaching, thereby providing a warning to drivers.

Raised tables will also be placed at each of the three junctions as part of the works, which are due to start this weekend, to underline that pedestrians and cyclists have priority at the junctions.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, commented: “Installing smart technology will not only help improve safety, but we hope that it will also encourage more commuters to take up walking and cycling as an active form of transport.

“In order to do this work we are undertaking these road closures during the evening to try and minimise disruption to motorists, and we ask that you bear with us for these short-term closures, as we aim to improve the road network for the long-term benefits.

“Businesses and residents in the area have been informed and we apologise for any inconvenience caused,” he added.

The Stoneferry Corridor project is due to be completed in spring next year.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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