LED-lighting the way by 2020 – Cyprus Mail

By Annette Chrysostomou

LED lights will likely replace all conventional street lights in Cyprus by 2020, way earlier than the global goal which is to have 90 per cent of street lighting in the form of LED lamps, senior manager at the Electricity Authority (EAC) Yiangos Frangoulides has said.

As they are around 80 per cent more efficient than the old lights, replacing the bulbs will not only reduce electricity consumption and thus air pollution, but is also great for maintenance, as LED lights last years longer than fluorescent lights.

Already, more than two-thirds of municipalities have changed the bulbs in their roads or are in the process of doing so. Five major municipalities in Nicosia have done so, with just two to go. Nicosia (centre) and Aglandjia chose to issue private tenders these two are still being reviewed by the tenders authority.

The others chose to make a direct agreement with the EAC. At the start of the project, the EAC asked for tenders and selected three to work with. They then offered the municipality various deals, as the situation in each place is somewhat different. All include an eight-year free maintenance, which is part of the arrangement with the suppliers.

As Frangoulides puts it, it is a win-win deal for the communities and municipalities and the electricity authority.

Since the EAC gains kilowatt hours, as less electricity is needed for the new lamps and thus less will be produced, it avoids to pay penalties for CO2 emissions which they would otherwise have to pay to the EU from 2020. They would have had to charge the customers more for this, which is also not going to happen.

At the same time, a municipality can save money as it has to pay less to the EAC. In the case of Larnaca, for example, the saving is €500,000 per year, which enables the local authorities to pay back the money they have spent for the new lighting in three years, after which they will simply save the money.

Replacement of road lighting in Larnaca is expected to begin at the end of December and to be completed by the end of May 2020.

Athienou has also this week announced the replacement of their street lights,

The total cost of the project will be €275,310. It is expected that the municipality will save approximately €100,000 during the eight-year maintenance period.

The entire amount will be covered by a loan approved by the European Investment Bank, with a low-interest rate, while the cost will be recovered in less than two years, the municipality said.

Strovolos has signed an agreement with the electricity authority as well and plans to make up for the money in three years.

Three Paphos municipalities have already replaced them, as have parts of Limassol including Germasoyia and Ypsonas.

A slightly different version, smart lighting, will be used for streets in Ayia Napa. This means lights obeys commands. They can be dimmed or switched off remotely any time of the day and night, which makes sense for a tourist resort which is much busier in some months than others. In winter, the municipality may decide to dim lights or leave them off in some roads altogether as less lighting is needed when few people are around.

This not only saves money, but also helps to reduce light pollution.

The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) estimates that least 30 per cent of all outdoor lighting in the US alone is wasted, mostly by lights that aren’t shielded.

“That adds up to $3.3 billion and the release of 21 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. To offset all that carbon dioxide, we’d have to plant 875 million trees annually,” the association calculated.

At the same time, incandescent and fluorescent lights attract night-migrating birds more than LED lights, leading them astray. The reduced direct and reflected up-light also means a reduction in urban sky glow.

Some 95 per cent of the lamps energy is converted into light and just 5 per cent wasted as heat. Since so little heat is emitted from the light source, this reduces their attractiveness to bugs.

Source: LED-lighting the way by 2020 – Cyprus Mail

TISPOL President promotes #ProjectEDWARD at Cyprus Road Safety Conference

TISPOL President Volker Orben spoke at a road safety conference in Cyprus, on Friday 28 June, organised by the delegation of the European Commission in Cyprus and the Cyprus Police, at the House of the European Union, in Nicosia.

Volker spoke about the mission of TISPOL, which is responsible for the coordination of activities at a European level, for the effective and efficient enforcement of traffic legislation as well as the implementation of road policing, a fundamental model for the prevention of criminality on the roads, which many European countries – including the Cyprus Police – adopted during the current decade.  

He highlighted the impact Project Edward can have on casualty reduction and awareness raising – while also stressing the utmost importance of enforcement in the sector of the respect of traffic legislation and the prevention of road deaths and serious injuries. In this respect, he presented the operational results of TISPOL.He stressed that TISPOL appreciates the fact that the European Commission established in 2018 a new Strategic Action Plan on Road Safety to halve road deaths by 2030 and he indicated the importance of the joint cross-border road traffic enforcement operations organized in cooperation between police bodies.

He explained that the target set by the European Commission of a 50 per cent reduction in road deaths and serious injuries by 2030 is an important commitment of TISPOL and a key issue, indicating that in the frame of their daily duties the members of TISPOL are called to exchange information and best practice on a constant basis, bearing in mind the Valetta Declaration. He thanked the Cyprus Police for their contribution in the road safety campaigns, which include enforcement and publicity of the actions undertaken, especially for speeding, drink and drug driving, distraction and the non-use of seat belts.

“Bike SAFE” motorcycle training program

Motorcyclists are trained by members of the Police

The risks that motorcyclists face in the road network and the ways in which they can predict and cope with them were the subject of a training program that was held yesterday 16/6/2019) at the Police Headquarters Department of Traffic Police. 

The program was attended by 15 civilian motorcyclists, who were briefed by trained members of the Special Motorcycle Squadron and the Police Driving School on the proper use of motorcycles on the road network, but also on how to prevent and deal with various dangers that lie ahead during driving. The training contained both theoretical information of the participants and practical training.

The “Bike Safe” training program is part of the general framework of the Police’s actions to inform and raise awareness of road safety and the prevention of traffic accidents. 

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Μοτοσικλετιστές εκπαιδεύονται από μέλη της Αστυνομίας

Οι κίνδυνοι που διατρέχουν στο οδικό δίκτυο οι μοτοσικλετιστές και οι τρόποι με τους οποίους οι ίδιοι μπορούν να τους προβλέψουν και να τους αντιμετωπίσουν, ήταν το αντικείμενο προγράμματος εκπαίδευσης, που πραγματοποιήθηκε χθες στο Τμήμα Τροχαίας Αρχηγείου Αστυνομίας. 

Το πρόγραμμα παρακολούθησαν 15 πολίτες μοτοσικλετιστές, οι οποίοι ενημερώθηκαν από εκπαιδευμένα μέλη του Ειδικού Ουλαμού Μοτοσικλετιστών και της Σχολής Οδηγών της Αστυνομίας, για την ορθή χρήση των μοτοσικλετών στο οδικό δίκτυο, αλλά και για το πώς μπορούν να προλαμβάνουν και να αντιμετωπίζουν διάφορους κινδύνους, που ελλοχεύουν κατά την οδήγηση. Η εκπαίδευση περιείχε τόσο θεωρητική ενημέρωση των συμμετεχόντων, όσο και πρακτική εξάσκηση.

Το εκπαιδευτικό πρόγραμμα «Bike Safe», εντάσσεται στο γενικότερο πλαίσιο των δράσεων της Αστυνομίας, για ενημέρωση και ευαισθητοποίηση του κοινού σχετικά με την οδική ασφάλεια και την πρόληψη των τροχαίων συγκρούσεων. 

RoADAR – Group Riding

RoSPA have recently published a series of video clips containing advice on group riding, where a motorcycle trainer shares his experiences of organising group rides. The clips are designed for those who have not organised a group ride before and contain advice to help riders ensure maximum safety and enjoyment while taking part in their group ride, whilst avoiding common pitfalls.

BikeSafe workshops in Cyprus

 BikeSafe Assessors Course

BikeSafe is a Police led motorcycle project involving class room and practical riding workshops. The  aim is to reduce the number of bikers being hurt on Cyprus roads.

In order to use the BikeSafe brand, the workshops have to conform to the BikeSafe criteria as run by Police forces throughout the UK.

Four Cyprus Police Officers have recently been trained to become BikeSafe assessors. The training was delivered in a partnership between the Cyprus Police and RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Cyprus.\

The first part of the training ensured that the officers had the road riding skills required, based on ‘Motorcycle Roadcraft’, The (UK) Police Riders Handbook. The course involved advanced rider training and test.

Only those passing the RoSPA motorcycle test at the highest level would be considered as assessors. All of the officers attained a Gold Pass.

The second phase of the training was theory based to ensure a good working knowledge of both Roadcraft and the BikeSafe curriculum. The officers gave a talk on different sections of the BikeSafe material and answered questions on the matters raised.

The third phase was a practical exercise taking the form of a BikeSafe ride-out with the officers having to give appropriate feedback to a motorcyclist they were assessing.

The officers passed with flying colours.