Manchester has smart intersections that prioritize pedestrians and cyclists

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), which coordinates transportation services for Greater Manchester, UK, announced the deployment of 20 smart intersections in the city. Using a system of special sensors, they will identify road users at intersections, while improving the conditions for the movement of specific types of transport.

Smart Intersections is the fruit of TfGM's collaboration with artificial intelligence company Vivacity Labs. The goals of the project are to popularize active modes of movement, primarily cycling and walking, in which interest has sharply increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, companies aim to separate pedestrians and cyclists from traffic in order to reduce the likelihood of accidents involving them.

The project started in Manchester earlier this year and by the end of 2021 it will cover about two dozen city intersections. Smart intersections are taking walking and cycling to a whole new level with the Bee Network. We are talking about a combined walking and cycling matrix about 3000 km long, connecting different parts of the city district.

If successful, the Bee Network will become the UK's largest bicycle and walking network, designed to provide a viable alternative to cars.