Bike-Specific Traffic Signals Coming Soon?


By Charles Pekow — Traditionally, traffic control signals were designed for motorists and sometimes for pedestrians. Only recently, have transportation agencies started paying serious attention to traffic lights for bicyclists. So, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program has come out with a guide called Traffic Signal Control Strategies for Pedestrians and Bicyclists. It aims to help

think about cyclists from the start and “moving beyond reactionary systems where accommodations are made as issues arise.”

The guide lists factors, for instance, which can optimize safety and traffic flow for cyclists as well as motorists and pedestrians.” It aims to bridge the gap between those who know cyclist/pedestrian needs and those who don’t but understand signal operations. Find the report at:


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