VIDEO: Midlothian has first cycle safe bin lorries in country

Midlothian Council is the first local authority in Scotland to install a new system on four of its bin lorries which protects cyclists.

The vehicles are aimed at improving cyclist safety on our roads with built-in warning signs to alert cyclists and bin lorry drivers to a potential collision.

Scotland's first bin lorries to be fitted with revolutionary device to keep cyclists safe''Pictured is cyclist Andrew Ralton, Clr Derek Rosie  the council's cabinet member for roads and recycling,  (black coat) and Keith Boyfield, the sales manager for Scotland and the north of England for ISS

Scotland's first bin lorries to be fitted with revolutionary device to keep cyclists safe''Pictured is cyclist Andrew Ralton, Clr Derek Rosie the council's cabinet member for roads and recycling, (black coat) and Keith Boyfield, the sales manager for Scotland and the north of England for ISS

Council staff showcased the Cyclear system, from Innovative Safety Systems Ltd at a special demonstration last week at Vogrie Park. The device works by communicating with the cyclist and the driver, warning a cyclist when a truck is about to turn left thanks to an illuminated disc on the back of the vehicle, and making the driver aware of a cyclist coming up the inside of the vehicle thanks to an alarm.

Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP) welcomed the new safety initiative. He said: “Midlothian Council takes cyclists’ safety very seriously and we are extremely conscious of the dangers posed to them when coming into contact with heavy vehicles, especially when turning left.

“There are a number of cycle warning systems available. However, we took the decision to fit the latest technology available.”

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