|The first person detected by the thermal imaging camera in Portland.|
In June, we repurposed our school zone enforcement light as a bike detected confirmation light. We have installed these at two locations and the response from their use has been very positive from the user community. One of the reminders from the meeting was something that Rick Nys, the Clackamas County Traffic Engineer mentioned. He highlighted that the County used feedback from BikePortland.org to guide their improvements of the first bicycle signal in their system. He also mentioned that the response from the bicycling community was so positive that "it makes them want to do more of these types of projects".
The other innovations that I described included the Dutch Bicycle Countdown to Green signal I have described before, but haven't found a way to bring to the U.S.
The newest innovation that we're studying is the use of a thermal imaging camera made by Flir/Traficon. Traficon was recently purchased by Flir and it is interesting to consider a company like this getting into the traffic business.
|Flir cameras come from military applications|
|The location of the test is SE Cesar E Chavez and Lincoln, a popular|
bike route that is busy during the commute periods.
|I mentioned it was busy, this was after the morning peak and|
people on bikes outnumbered vehicles even on a rainy day.
|The push button here is mounted so the person on a bike|
can reach it, but it isn't easy. The other direction is impossible to
activate from the street.
|A peek in the cabinet of the equipment, the display was temporary,|
but we do have access to the images back in the Traffic Operations Center.