I am happy to share an exciting new safety initiative being implemented within Ottawa. In partnership with SmartCone Technologies, a local Stittsville start-up company, Safer Roads Ottawa and the Ottawa Police Service have launched a new cyclist detection system on the O’Connor bike lanes at the corner of Waverley.
SmartCone implements innovative prototype sensor technology using cameras, motion detectors, and programmable LED lighting to bring greater attention to cyclists travelling down O’Connor.
How does it work:
- The cameras capture the motion of the cyclists approaching the intersection
- The information is sent to a computer stored in a protected casing on each hydro pole
- The computer then sends a radio signal to each of the LED lights
- LED lights flash as an alert to motorists.
The goal is for the SmartCone system to accurately detect cyclists approaching the un-signalized intersection of Waverley and O’Connor and to trigger a series of nine individual LED lights located on both sides of the intersection. This makes the bike lanes safer for cyclists and warns motorists that cyclists are approaching.
The system provides an additional level of warning to drivers turning left from O’Connor onto Waverley or who were proceeding from the west side of Waverley across O’Connor.
I would like to thank Safer Roads Ottawa for all of their work on enhancing safety across Ottawa and for partnering with this innovative Stittsville start-up to bring this revolutionary new idea to Ottawa’s streets. I look forward to observing the progress of this endeavor to see how we can improve bike lanes in Ottawa for now and throughout the future.