Washington County debuts thermal video detection of bike riders at signals

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 18th, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Sample image of thermal detection sensor being used in Washington County.

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Final plans set for new traffic signal on Hawthorne Bridge

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 27th, 2020 at 12:54 pm

New signal should help prevent this situation.
(Photo: Josh Chernoff/YouTube)

An awkward and dangerous intersection on the Hawthorne Bridge is set to get a major makeover. Portland City Council is expected to authorize an agreement between the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Multnomah County to build the Hawthorne Bridge Traffic Signal Improvement Project. (Project plans available in council ordinance PDF here.)

The signal will be located at the top of the on-ramp from northbound Naito Parkway that feeds onto the eastbound Hawthorne Bridge. If you’re one of the 3,000 or so daily bike riders who pedal through here from downtown to the central eastside, you know this intersection: It’s where drivers often illegally block the bike lane as they peek at oncoming traffic, forcing bicycle users to swerve around or wait until they move out of the way. Currently the intersection has a stop sign for drivers coming up from Naito and no stop sign for people using SW Madison. [Read more…]

New traffic signal (for bikes too) just installed at notorious Marine Drive intersection

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 17th, 2019 at 12:47 pm

bike rider crosses with new signal. View is looking north at Columbia River from 122nd.
(Photo: PBOT)

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Blue light for bike riders part of detection research project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 11th, 2019 at 12:39 pm

See the new sign and blue light in upper right.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Next-gen traffic signals and vehicles could be new boost to bike safety

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 16th, 2016 at 4:31 pm


The road wouldn’t need to detect you any more — traffic signals could do that themselves before you even roll up.
(Image: Econolite)

We’ve been writing for a few months about Portland’s application for $40 million in federal funds that could make it easier to combine services like bike sharing, TriMet, Lyft and so on into a single system of multimodal mobility.

But we haven’t been talking much about another important aspect of Portland’s grant: millions of dollars for connecting vehicles to improve safety.

As city leaders prepare for a personal pitch on Wednesday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the Portland Bureau of Transportation held a “Connected City Expo” Monday to show off many of the companies that could be bringing their knowhow to a Smart City award here in Portland.

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Want more green? Help the transportation bureau make signals better for cycling

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 16th, 2016 at 12:27 pm


(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The City of Portland wants you to get more green lights when cycling around the city and now’s your chance to help them do it.
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New signals on Couch at Broadway and first-ever ‘pedestrian scramble’ are up and running

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 24th, 2015 at 3:03 pm

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One of the first people to wait at the new signal at Broadway and Couch.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation just flipped the switch on new traffic signals at Northwest Couch and Broadway, 10th and 11th Avenues. The signals on Broadway are on a major bike route where they were first flagged as necessary four years ago. At the intersection of Couch and 11th, PBOT has installed Portland’s first ever “pedestrian scramble signal.”[Read more…]

Why the new traffic signal at N Cook and Vancouver is such a big deal

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 14th, 2015 at 11:40 am

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This woman is waiting at the first-ever red light at North Cook and Vancouver.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Golden scissors, a red ribbon, coffee and pastries, television cameras and a large crowd that included Bureau of Transportation staff, business owners and neighborhood advocates.

From the looks of this morning’s event at the intersection of North Vancouver and Cook you’d think the city was celebrating the completion of a major project or milestone.
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New bike signal north of Moda Center adds green time for southbound biking

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 13th, 2015 at 3:22 pm


The new southbound bike signal at Wheeler Avenue and Winning Way gives a little extra green time to people biking without interfering with people in cars.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

One of Portland’s busiest bike crossings will flow a little more efficiently thanks to a new bike signal activated last Thursday.

The signal gives a green light to people biking southbound on Wheeler Avenue, preparing to curve around the Moda Center into the Rose Quarter Transit Center area. Northbound bus and bike traffic here has a green signal phase of its own, but that doesn’t conflict with southbound bike traffic.

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Ask BikePortland: Can I go when the walk sign turns green?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 18th, 2014 at 11:18 am

A LPI in action

An LPI in action at N Williams and Killingsworth (note the crosswalk has a green while everyone else still has a red).
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Have you ever noticed how the “WALK” sign over in a crosswalk sometimes turns green while your signal remains red? This phenomenon has confused a few readers who aren’t sure if they can start riding when the walk sign turns green or if they must wait for the main signal.

Here’s our first question from Dave M.:[Read more…]