Leader tries out new technology for cycling

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NEW technology has been installed on a busy stretch of road to improve safety for cyclists.

And the leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith, put it to the test when she cycled round Northgate gyratory in Chichester.

The warning technology makes motorists aware of the presence of riders in the cycle lane.

Sensors trigger flashing signs as soon as a cyclist pedals on to Northgate.

Then, as cyclists progress around the gyratory they trigger each sign in sequence to flash up, giving the effect of a ‘Mexican wave’.

Councillor Goldsmith said: ‘The new system is an excellent way of making sure motorists know when a cyclist is approaching a junction.

‘I found it really useful to see for myself how the technology works and I hope cyclists will find it improves their journey.’

The technology cost £210,000 to install.

Cllr John O’Brien, who oversees transport, added: ‘This is a really clever use of technology.’