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The placebo effect at work:
Salem resident Joel Cleland, 39, rides his bike two miles to and from work each day. His route takes him past the new signal."It's a lot quicker and easier to make my way through that intersection now," Cleland said. "I've never waited more than 20 seconds for the new light to turn green."The bicycle signal cost $1,000 to install in Salem, according to assistant city traffic manager Tony Martin.
mr_a: As usual, USA Today is a little behind the curve.PDX Bike Traffic LightAnd as ZAZ suggests, they have about the same compliance rate from cyclists as any other traffic light.
Tahs4Evar: I saw a lovely example of why I hate cyclists recently. This was in Australia so most others will have to swap your left from right to understand. Sorry.I was making a right hand turn into a side street, just as the light turned, just as I was about to turn I had to jam on my brakes as a cyclist riding his bike rode across the pedestrian crossing. Had I been paying less attention I would've cleaned him up, all I could do was honk my horn. The farker just pointed to the green pedestrian sign and continued.In Australian laws, he was not a pedestrian, he was a vehicle. If I had been slower to spot him and knocked him off the bike the law was on my side, yet this arrogant farker decided to point to the pedestrian sign as if it was his right to be whatever the fark he decided he was. He didn't.If you dis-mount and walk your bike, you are a pedestrian, otherwise you are a vehicle and must obey the road rules. Not decide you're suddenly a pedestrian as you ride your bike illegally from on footpath to another.Arrogant farking douche-bag. This is why the motoring world hates your ass.
whidbey: Like this is some sort of big deal and we don't follow the laws to begin with.But by all means, let's hear your anecdotal "evidence" about cyclists.
Kit Fister: Driving to work the other morning, I'm heading up an incredibly narrow lane. On one side is a county work truck working on power lines, hanging out into the road. On the other, a couple of cyclists riding tandem, blocking the road. As I approach, I expect to see them move over. Nope, they just keep taking up the road way. So, I start slowing to stop, but flash my lights hoping they'll get the idea. They still refused to move over. Worse, one of them flipped me the bird./shoulda hit 'em.
Tahs4Evar: I saw a lovely example of why I hate cyclists recently. This was in Australia so most others will have to swap your left from right to understand. Sorry.
JohnAnnArbor: whidbey: Like this is some sort of big deal and we don't follow the laws to begin with.But by all means, let's hear your anecdotal "evidence" about cyclists.Oh, some do. They're a conspicuous minority, though. Normal around here is to whip through 4-way stops without pause.
ZAZ: The reason for the new signals? Bicyclists can be at risk when entering an intersection on a yellow light that allows enough time for cars to clear the intersection, but not for bikes, the study found. Even traditional green lights may not allow enough time for a bicyclist starting from a stopped position to make it across.You see a red bicycle and a green ball, what are you going to do? As the headline suggests, bicyclists are going to blow the red bicycle symbol and keep going until all the lights are red. And then 90% of them are going to keep going until there is actually a bus blocking the path. Judging by recent experience in Boston, 1% of them are going to keep going after that and have to be scraped off the wheels of the bus.