Green light for cyclists in the rain

20th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – Cyclists in the town of Grave in Brabant get a green light more often when it is raining. If the temperature is below 10 degrees or wet they get a green light three times more often than when conditions are more clement. The light will also turn green for them when there is little traffic.

20 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – Cyclists in the town of Grave in Brabant get a green light more often when it is raining. If the temperature is below 10 degrees or wet they get a green light three times more often than when conditions are more clement. The light will also turn green for them when there is little traffic.

This is an experiment being conducted by the province of Noord-Brabant at the intersection of the N324 and the Trompetterstraat. The province hopes that fewer cyclists will run red lights as a result, thereby improving safety at the crossing.

A weather station has been placed at the intersection and connected to the traffic lights. The station measures rain and temperature. "This is a great example of how technology can be used to make traffic safer," says provincial official Cora Steffens.

At the end of the year it should be clear whether the trial is a success. On the basis of the results more cyclist-friendly traffic lights may be installed.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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