In January 2013 VicRoads switched on a new trial technology at the intersection of Nepean Highway and McDonald Street, Mordialloc which aims to improve the safety of cyclists. The new bike detection and cyclist activated warning signage is expected to increase driver awareness of cyclists as they exit a busy intersection.
A key element of the $310,000 trial works includes the installation of special detector loops, which are expected to improve safety for cyclists at the busy intersection.
The new loops have the ability to differentiate between cars and cyclists in a shared traffic lane and this technology has been successfully used overseas.
The loops are linked to a flashing warning sign facing McDonald Street traffic which is activated by cyclists on the Nepean Highway.
More details on the trial can be found at the Cycling Resource Centre.