Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 29, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Yin and Yang: BMC teammates Phinney, Bookwalter form two-man U.S. Olympic road team; Who Will Win The Mountains Jersey?; Inside Australia’s Olympic track cycling medal factory; Rio velodrome opens for business; Cofidis backs Bouhanni for Le Tour; Astana brings Aru and Nibali to Tour; Quintana leads Movistar line-up for Tour de France; Pantani murder case closed; Cyclist killed by alleged DUI hit-and-run; Olds, Bertine recovering from head injuries; New Orica-GreenEdge sponsor announcement expected soon; Sonar helps police catch drivers passing too close to cyclists; Cyclocosm’s 2016 Tour de France Preview; Behind the scenes with Bob Jungels

Sonar helps police catch drivers passing too close to cyclists

by CyclingTips

A new sonar-based device is helping police detect vehicles that pass too close to cyclists. The unit is mounted on a bicycle’s handlebars and measures the distance between the bike and passing cars.

The device is being used in a test capacity in Ottawa as part of the The Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, which passed last September and requires one metre of passing distance.

To demonstrate an officer rode a bike with the sonar installed and radioed ahead to colleagues if it detected a vehicle passing to close. Within only a few minutes of riding, the device was beeping, and drivers were pulled over and given pamphlets informing them that they had broken the safe distance law.

“The safety of all road users is paramount and that includes cyclists. These cycling changes are directed at encouraging cycling, promoting road safety, and sharing the road,” said Rob Wilkinson, coordinator of the Safer Roads Ottawa Program.

Ottawa police currently have two of the $1,000 devices, with plans of purchasing more if the exercise proves successful.

Click through to read more at the Ottawa Citizen.