The Amy Gillett Foundation today deployed its revolutionary ‘Cyclist Ahead’ electronic warning signs to improve the safety of road users along the Deans Marsh-Lorne Road.
The Minister for Roads and Road Safety, the Hon Luke Donnellan, was on hand to cut the ribbon and officially commission the ‘Cyclist Ahead’ warning signs.
Located outside Lorne, in Victoria, the popular climb up Deans Marsh-Lorne Road is notorious amongst cyclists and the local community as a dangerous hot spot, as the road is narrow with no shoulder.
Utilising new solar powered detection technology that can differentiate cyclists from motorcyclists and cars, the ‘Cyclists Ahead’ warning signs have been deployed in two locations, one at the start of the climb and one at approximately the halfway mark.
The ‘Cyclists Ahead’ warning signs are triggered by passing cyclists and go into ‘standby mode’ for the time it takes for a cyclist to reach the next sign. The signs are then activated by cars or motorbikes, warning them that there are cyclists on the climb.
Amy Gillett Foundation CEO Phoebe Dunn said that the 12-month trial of the ‘Cyclists Ahead’ warning signs is an important step in protecting vulnerable cyclists on dangerous roads.
“Bicycle riders are some of the most physically vulnerable users of our roads,” Ms Dunn said.
“The ‘Cyclists Ahead’ warning signs will provide road users with advanced warning to look out for cyclists on the road, reducing the risk of collision and life threatening injuries, and the frustration that can be experienced by road users,” Ms Dunn continued.
“After a successful trail period, the Amy Gillett Foundation will look at deploying additional ‘Cyclists Ahead’ electronic warning signs around Victoria and Australia.”
Simon Gillett, Patron of the Amy Gillett Foundation and Race Director of the Foundation’s biggest annual event, Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo, said the signs were an important part of the event’s investment back into the local community.
“The ‘Cyclists Ahead’ warning signs are an important legacy project that Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo brings to the local community,” Mr Gillett said.
“Without the generous support of the Lorne, Deans Marsh and the surrounding communities, our biggest annual event Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo would not be possible,” Mr Gillett continued.
“This area is renowned as a cycling mecca in Australia and around the world, with cycling bringing important economic stimulus to both the Surf Coast and Colac Otway regions.”
The ‘Cyclists Ahead’ warning signs are funded by the Amy Gillett Foundation together with grant funding received from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).