Brake and Road Safety GB have awarded Transport for Greater Manchester and Manchester City Council the Local Roads Innovation Award for the CYCLOPS (cycle optimised protected signals) junction, in Hulme.
The junction forms part of Greater Manchester’s Bee Network and is innovative in placing the cycle route on the outside of the pedestrian crossings, fully segregating cyclists and improving safety for all road users.
It alows bicycles to approach from four ‘arms’ which converge onto a cycle track which completely encircles the junction. This means that bicycles can make a right turn at the junction, protected from traffic, and can complete the manoeuvre in one movement, dependent on signal timings.
CYCLOPS designers, TfGM Engineers Richard Butler and Jonathan Salter said: “As design engineers, safety is paramount to every design we develop, so to be recognised by a road safety charity such as Brake for the part the CYCLOPS plays in keeping people safe while enabling them to travel more actively, truly is the pinnacle for us.”
Councillor Angeliki Stogia, Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport, Manchester City Council, said: “We’re delighted with this award. It’s fantastic to be recognised as a leader in providing safe infrastructure for people to travel more actively in the city.”