|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?