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New app allows you to improve cycling safety after lockdown

See.Sense wants users to report safety issues that can be passed on to local authorities

Pothole
Joe Robinson
5 Jun 2020

A new app has been launched that allows cyclists to report dangerous roads and safety issues to provide useful data for future transports and infrastructure planning.

Tech company See.Sense - known best for its rear lights - has designed the new feature into its existing free app as a tool for guiding the government as it reacts to the sudden increase of cyclists on UK roads.

In a press release, See.Sense said: 'The UK Government’s recently released statutory guidance requires local authorities to take swift action, within weeks, to implement and monitor measures to reallocate road space to people walking and cycling, both to encourage active travel and also to enable social distancing.

'The design and implementation of these measures would usually take an extensive period of study and public consultation, which is made more difficult under the current conditions.'

To help local authorities, See.Sense is asking users to report safety issues they encounter on their rides such as potholes, areas susceptible to close passes and obstructions that the company will then report as 'hot spots' to local councils. 

The plan is that the authorities will then address these existing problems and use them when introducing new cycling infrastructure in the near future.

Government recently announced it would be accelerating plans to invest £2 billion in cycling and walking infrastructure as Transport Secretary Grant Schapps revealed that cycling had increased by as much as 200% as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

With the new app's data being collated by See.Sense, company CEO Philip McAleese hopes that cyclists will then be given a voice on cycling safety as government begins to spend its budget. 

'The Covid-19 crisis has been a terrible disaster that has caused an immeasurable amount of suffering, which has touched all of our hearts. What it has also highlighted is how little space we have for people in our towns and cities, with only small paths and narrow lanes allocated for cycling and walking, which has made it almost impossible to safely social distance in places,' said McAleese 

'We are delighted that the government has made the decision that they have to improve walking and cycling facilities and by making the #SeeSenseReport data available, we are working to help to empower cyclists to influence change that will help to make cycling safer.’