Pioneering thermal imaging technology is set to be introduced on key cycle routes in York, UK, to help reduce the time spent at traffic signals, improve journey reliability and cycle safety.

City of York Council is set to become one of the first councils in the country to start using the new technology which will accurately detect cyclists at signals by their ‘heat signature’, allowing the signals to react accordingly and be adjusted to give more ‘green time’ for cyclists.

The thermal technology was first introduced by Transport for London (TFL) last year as part of the cycle superhighway network.

The scheme is all part of a multi-million pound overhaul of York’s ageing traffic signals – the largest scheme the city has seen in over 20-years.

Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive Member of Transport and Planning, said: “Investing now will help to bring our systems into the 21st century, saving vital time spent otherwise on repairs and maintenance and more importantly saving money from the public purse.”

“By investing in this cutting-edge equipment, it will help to keep York’s roads moving, improving journey reliability and the overall driving and commuter experience in York for future years.”