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To combat the 7,673 accidents that involved cyclists last year, in which 67 died and 736 were injured, the Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has installed 16 dynamic cyclist signalling equipment at four conventional roads in La Rioja, northern Spain, where the visibility is reduced. The project is valued €55, 000 (£49,000).
The system can detect an isolated cyclist or group of cyclists on the roads and activate a luminous circumstantial signal which alerts drivers and blinks for a determined and configurable time, allowing them to adopt precautionary measures.
Locations for the system include at several km of four conventional LR-111 highways; LR-250, LR-254 and LR-255, where the visibility of the pathway is reduced. Three of these roads are tracks included in the catalogue of Protected Cyclist Routes.
Jaime Moreno deputy director of operations and mobility said: “This measure is part of the Plan of Urgent Measures announced by the Minister of Interior at the beginning of the year to increase the prevention of accidents of cyclists ." He added that "the idea is to extend this type of action to other roads where the influx of cyclists is important so that cyclists can move more safely."
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