Getting stopped by red lights could soon be a thing of the past thanks to this new technology

Dutch city installs technology to tell riders how fast they need to ride to make it through the next set of traffic lights

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Especially at the end of a long, hard ride, there's nothing worse than having to stop at a red light, and then have to put in a load more effort to get back up to speed again once the lights turn green.

But thanks to some new technology being rolled out in the Netherlands (where else?), that unwanted extra effort could be a thing of the past.

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The new technology, which is called Flo, has been developed by Dutch technology company Springlab, and uses signals at the side of cycle paths to tell riders what speed they need to ride at so they don't have to stop at the upcoming traffic lights.

You get a thumbs up if you're travelling at the correct speed to make it through the traffic lights uninterrupted, a hare if you need to speed up, and a turtle if you need to slow down.

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Of course, you're not always going to make it through the lights without putting your foot down, in which case you'll be shown a cow.

The scheme is currently being trialled in the Netherlands, with residents of the city of Utrecht giving Flo rave reviews in the video above.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.