Video Detection May Replace Electromagnetic Traffic Sensors at Signals
Several of the traffic lights on my commute use video detection. They are able to detect me just fine. The city I work in is great about making sure bikes can be detected by the loops embedded in the pavement. They use a bicycle wheel mounted on a board to tune the loops and they paint a white "X" on the pavement to show you where to put your wheel to trigger the light. I wish all the cities in the area would do the same.
I hear the video monitors are a lot easier to deal with than colis. Hope that`s the wave of the future.
Originally Posted by woodway
I called our public works dept when they resealed the road in an intersection where I sometimes have to trigger a left turn light. I used to be able to trigger that particular light pretty easily, but can no longer see where the coil was after the reseal, so I`m trying to hit tiny a target blindfolded, usually end up having to cross my fingers run the light. I asked for a painted mark to indicate the sensor`s location, and the guy on the phone gave me a bunch of hokey pokey about federal marking guidelines that prohibit those marks. I think he`s full of manure since I`ve seen pics of the kind of markings in question. Such a simple fix...
Here is a mark from the intersection in front of my office. When they repave or restripe I notice that they are changing the marking from the "X" to a bicycle graphic with little stripes to show where to put your wheel. I come across many cyclist who don't know what the marks mean and will sit at intersections with their wheel in the wrong spot until a car rolls up to trigger the light for them.
Rodar, if it were me I would bring my own spray paint, figure out where the sweet spot is and then mark it!
"Midnight Marker strikes Buck Ave at Lemmon Drive"
Haha, sounds like fun! If I had enough patience to stand around in the intersection for long enough to locate it, I`d probably give that a shot
Related- about a year ago I stumbled onto a video put out by a bunch of students from a tech school in Guadalajara, JAL. They were fed up with the local government`s nonaction in striping bike lanes on a few key routes, so they got a crew together and marked about 1 KM worth of homebrewed bike lane. Nice ammateur documentary of it on Youtube that I tried to dig up for a linkie, but can`t find again.
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