Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bicycle Commute Challenge Day 9 - Describe a Technique to Improve Cycling

Transportation infrastructure has the ability to encourage behavior if designed correctly. Here is an example from Vancouver, WA where the detection for the signal is placed in advance of the stop bar, which results in a call going into the controller before the bicycle arrives at the intersection. This advance indication provides an opportunity for snappier signal timing, especially at night. An ideal situation for reducing violations of the red indication at traffic signals is to improve the ability of the signal to respond to those that arrive at the intersection and reduce unnecessary delays.
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