Cambridge: Cycle Safety Trial

16 August 2013, 16:31 | Updated: 16 August 2013, 17:22

Cambridge is the first place in the UK to trial a new traffic light scheme, designed to improve the safety of cyclists.

The Department of Transport has signed off the trial.

It involves an advanced green light at a junction for cyclists, giving them a head start on drivers.

It will give cyclists an extra few seconds to move off before motorists.

The project will be trialled at the Hills Road approach to the Catholic Church, one of the busiest junctions in Cambridge city centre.

During the last five years, there have been 16 accidents where people have been injured at the junction.

11 of these accidents have involved cyclists.

If this trial scheme improves safety, it could be extended across Cambridgeshire and other parts of the UK.

Earlier this year, Cambridge was named the UK's cycling capital, with 25% of adults cycling at least five times a week.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, said: "Improving cycling facilities is vital to improve safety and encourage more people on their bikes. 

Cambridgeshire is already the cycling capital of the country and we recognise the importance that bicycles play on reducing congestion, improving health and boosting the economy.

This trial is a UK first and shows our commitment to get more people on their bikes. 

It should improve safety for all users at this very busy junction, giving some separation between riders and other motorised traffic."