The Issues faced
Over recent years the roads in most major towns and cities have become more congested leading to all road users vying for the same space whether on 2 or 4 wheels. With space limited cyclists are often forced to move closer to the kerb line where road drainage is often located, this poses a significant risk as many modern cycles have narrow wheels that could become lodged in the bars of a traditional grating.
In congested areas it is common for cyclists to try and avoid the surface water drainage system bringing them into close proximity with traffic leading to an increased risk of accidents.
A collaborative partnership between the TfL their delivery partners and Saint-Gobain PAM UK has resulted in the development of a solution that reduces the risk of accidents and injury. A solution that combines efficient water clearance with enhanced cyclist and pedestrian safety features. Ivan Bennett Senior Industrial Product Designer for Transport for London added “A number of modern road bikes have very narrow wheels and a risk assessment identified a possible hazard where wheels could get stuck in drainage gratings. Saint-Gobain PAM UK worked with us to develop a solution which is now being installed.”
The development of Orbis is the first of many new gratings that we are adding to the Watershed range later this year. The range is designed for a long life, minimal and simple maintenance and efficient removal of surface water.