Download Episode Portland’s traffic signal guru, Peter Koonce, in our podcast studio.(Photo J.Maus/BikePortland) When you change something about a traffic signal, people don’t notice. They simply obey. Well, mostly. Maybe that’s why signals have quietly become one of the most important and unique ways that Portland has made itself a better place for walking, biking … Read more
New research suggests that interminable red lights are a particular burden on new bike riders, because pavement markings aren’t easy enough to understand.
The new signal makes it easier for this person to merge left over two lanes of traffic.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) The Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) activated a bike-only signal yesterday at the northwest intersection of NE Lloyd Blvd and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
One smart light.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) One unsung area where Portland is doing some very cool stuff for bicycling is with traffic signals and “ITS” — which stands for Intelligent Transportation Systems. The field of ITS encompasses all sorts of high-tech ways to make our streets smarter. From sensing vehicle patterns with RFID, to software … Read more
A traffic signal technician at PDOT just released a really cool document titled, “Vehicle Detection: Or, Getting a Green Light on a Bicycle at an Intersection.” Here’s an excerpt from the, “How we mark for bicycle detection” section: