Research Papers

Safety Innovation: Bike Activated Electronic Warning Sign Canadian Trial Application

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Category 2012 CMRSC XXII Banff
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Author/Auteur Peter Kortegast, G. Lovegrove, Faisal M. Siddiqui


A partnership between UBCO and Opus International Consultants (Opus) during 2010 and 2011 resulted in a research capstone student project on assessing the suitability of applying an innovative bike activated electronic cycle warning sign application to Provincial Highway 97 Okanagan site. A cycle warning sign application, was developed in New Zealand by Opus International ltd, this was used as the basis of this project. The site consisted of an 80 km/h highway section where regular cycle commuters faced a dangerous narrow shoulder across the Ellison Bridge, which presented safety issue for both cyclist and vehicular traffic.

The Provincial Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure (MoTI) implemented the project to solve the safety issue at this site. A Canadian application was researched and developed that recommended that the site safety would be enhanced by installing a cyclist warning sign in the interim prior to long term capital bridge widening. The sign system, through an embedded loop in the pavement, detects and identifies the approaching cyclist and immediately illuminates the sign showing a graphic of a cyclist with text stating 'Cyclist Ahead' in order to provide advance warning to both cyclist and oncoming the motorists traveling in the closest associated travel lane. The sign is installed prior to the Ellison Bridge where the narrow shoulder width is inadequate and requires the motorists to adjust their distance and passing speed between the vehicle and bicyclist The installation of the sign used Eco-counter advanced Zelt cycle detection loops, which operates in the adjacent shoulder of a live traffic lane.

During August 2011, the MoTI and the City of Kelowna City supported the project. The MOTI and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia has financially partnered with the design and installation of the system, which has been in operation since September 2011. UBCO has now been engaged to assess the effectiveness of this innovative sign's performance. This paper will present this cycle safety innovation the design details of this innovative sign, its installation challenges, present video footage of its operation, assessment of its effectiveness, and offer recommendations of its applications for other Canadian provinces.

Peter Kortegast, G. Lovegrove, Faisal M. Siddiqui