Ealing has become the first London borough to install innovative solar powered LED cycle path lights.

Seven of these Falcopathfinder lights were successfully installed in Ridding Lane, Greenford, in December by Ealing Council.

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Already popular throughout Scandinavia and Europe, the lights are completely resistant to heavy vehicles such as lorries, gritters and road sweepers. Because the sun’s energy is harnessed to power the lights, the system is completely wireless and is completely self-sufficient.

The lights are also easy to replace without the need to carry out road repair work.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Road safety is a priority for us and we need to do what we can to avoid accidents involving cyclists, especially during the Winter period.

“This is part of our ongoing steps in the council’s plans to transform Ealing into a safer and friendlier cycling borough.”

You can find out more about cycling in Ealing at: www.ealing.gov.uk/transport and www.ealingcycling.org.uk