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Boise gets new traffic light sensors

In Boise, Idaho, new camera operated traffic light controls are being installed that will detect the presence of a bicycle. Unlike the “In the pavement” type sensors, which for the most part don’t. The full story can be read here

Meanwhile in Columbus, Ohio, Sharrows are being added to N. High Street. Apparently one of that city's highest rated for bike/car collisions. Read that story here.

I particularly like this quote by Rick Tilton, spokesman for the city's Public Service Department.

"Cars should use the left lane to pass cyclists instead of trying to squeeze by, It's share the road - not share the lane."

We could use some sharrows here in Charleston, South Carolina. Savannah Hwy. (Route 17.) would be a good place to start.

It's good to see cities around the US making and effort to accommodate cyclists, and make their ride safer.

Are there any improvements recently made in your local area? And what about the UK, anything happening there at this time?



Reader Comments (2)

What's happening in UK? This conversation thread on the CTC forums says plenty. Here's the link.

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobM

We are getting more around hear also in Santa Clara County CA. These should work better than the in pavement loop detectors. Our town does a pretty good job of keeping those working but you have to call them about faulty sensors. They also are good at painting a symbol in where the sweet spot is for cyclists.

An aside; a friend of mine came upon one of these and the camera recognized him at a distance and turned the light green for him. The only trouble was it was set for car speed and it turned back red before he got to the intersection...

June 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRalph

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