The City's first bike-only traffic light is up and operating!
Just before the downpour yesterday, I noticed that the traffic light west-bound on Chemeketa at 12th
had been swapped out this week for the new bike light.
It's been a bit of a winding road to it...
|New Bike Lights: 12th & Chemeketa|
Back in the spring of 2010 a light was part of the proposed "Quiet Zone" crossing treatment
for 12th and Chemeketa (revised to this
During the 2011 Legislative session, a law for these had to be passed. Portland had had these signals for some time, but as Portland signals engineer Peter Koonce
said to BikePortland
, the bike signals had existed outside of statute and occupied a legal grey zone. The law codifying them, Senate Bill 130, was introduced
to the Legislature before the session and signed into law
in June of 2011.
And now we have one!
So where will the second one be???
(Updated Sunday with picture of bike signal head; longer discussion at LA Dept of Transportation bike blog
Update 2, Tuesday the 13th
Front page on the SJ:
Sorry to be dense SBOB, but I don't get it. What is a "Bike-Only Traffic Light"?
Updated with better picture! Because of the clouds, the exposure time was too long, and the yellow light blasted the exposure, so you can't see the bike outline and it just looks like a regular old traffic light. The LA photo and blog discussion will give more detail!
In a comment on the SJ piece, Curt rightly points out that this configuration saves Salem residents some $300,000: A four-quadrant gate would cost half a million, and this treatment was projected to come in around $200,000.
Really informative post! Cool retro look led light, are you using a double A batter or are you using a jumbo battery for that?
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