A new safety device aimed at saving the lives of cyclists in urban areas will be seen for the first time in the capital this week.
The DawesGuard is a pneumatically operated inflatable and retractable system that aims to prevent cyclist under run accidents (ie. where a cyclist falls and is dragged under the wheels of a HGV) by creating a protective barrier between the road surface, vehicle underside and vehicle wheels whilst operating on the roads.
The DawesGuardhas been invented by James Dawes, a former motorcycle officer with the Metropolitan Police who left his job in order to find a way of preventing the tragic and life-changing consequences of road collisions between lorries and bikes.
He has spent the last three years listening to industry, accident investigators, highways safety executives, victims and the cycle community to come up with a design that he believes will set new standards in road safety in urban areas.
Speaking on the day of the first fit Dawes said: “It’s a real landmark day for Dawes Highway Safety to see the DawesGuardmaking its first outing. Dennis Eagle have been fantastic supporters of our design from when I first introduced the concept and we are looking forward to seeing and hearing how the guard is received this week.”