|Bike traffic signal and blue light|
When 25th & Madrona opened up, a reader pointed out the new bike traffic lights.
And if you look closely at them, there's an additional feature. On top is a very small blue light. I think they're the first in Salem. (Update - The ones at Mission & Winter came a few weeks earlier, and are the first.)
Portland started experimenting with these back in 2012. The blue lights go on when the video detection - see the camera above them - registers a person on bike. So that way you know when you've tripped the signal and don't have to jockey trying to get its attention. They should be standard!
|Bike traffic lights and blue indicator light - 25th & Madrona|
|Plastic Wand and "Yield to Bikes" at Church & State|
These are small, but helpful details.
Making left-hand turns off Church and High remains problematic, and next summer when there is more bike traffic it will be interesting to see how people actually make left turns, either by merging left into traffic and biking vehicularly, or using the crosswalk for a jug-handle turn.
Have you seen any other new bike things in the summer's crop of road projects?
There's a blue bike detection confirmation light for people coming out of Bush Park at Winter & Mission. I like the new ramps to/from the parking lot at this intersection. This is a nice improvement! How's it working for everyone else? Gary
I really like all these bike improvements. It's been a long time coming. Finally. There is still much work to be done though!
The blue light detection lights leaving Bush Park at Winter are fantastic! Really cool feature.
(Edit: Added that the blue lights at Mission & Winter were first.)
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