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TfGM to boost active travel with new monitoring technology

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has awarded a contract to Vivacity Labs to install 100 new sensors across the region to monitor cycling and walking schemes.

The video analytics sensors, which will be used alongside a new data platform, will provide a significant increase in TfGM cycling and walking monitoring capabilities, extending data coverage and enabling monitoring in busy, complex environments, TfGM said.

The data provided by the sensors will also be used to help to better manage signal timings.

Richard Nickson, programme director for cycling and walking at TfGM, said: “Giving as many people as possible access to convenient, safe and enjoyable forms of active travel will help us to build on the increases in walking and cycling we have seen during the pandemic.

“We’ve already made great progress this year in delivering the UK’s largest cycling and walking network and have many more schemes in the pipeline as we look to give people a genuine alternative to the car, reduce congestion and help improve air quality.

“By enhancing our monitoring capabilities, we can more effectively measure the success of this substantial investment and better understand the use of active travel modes across the region to inform our long-term strategy and delivery.”

The first sensors are expected to be installed this autumn, with further installations to follow as monitoring capabilities are enhanced and cycling and walking scheme evaluations progress. 


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