Bike News Roundup: The opposite of Mercer’s new traffic signal timing system

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a list of stuff we’ve been reading lately. This is also an open thread. Is there something bikey on your mind you want to discuss? Start a conversation in the comments below.

First up, this Dutch traffic signal timing system is basically the exact opposite of the cars-first signal system recently launched on Mercer Street:

Pacific Northwest News

Halftime Show! This attempted bike thief in London has some serious tenacity, but his plan is rather flawed.

National & Global News

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6 Responses to Bike News Roundup: The opposite of Mercer’s new traffic signal timing system

  1. Southeasterner says:

    Quite a few articles about “road rage” against cyclists (and race car drivers on bikes) and it definitely feels like there is increasing aggression towards cyclists on the roads. This past month I have had more close calls, middle fingers, and shouting than I have experienced over the past few years. I bike the same route at the same times everyday.

    It would be great if there was a central place to post go-pro or other videos of these encounters that police and cyclists could monitor to see if it’s just a handful of anti-cyclist nut jobs or if it’s a larger issue.

  2. dave says:

    Tom, I think you’re misinterpreting that Dutch “Flo” thing — it isn’t a different signal timing system, but rather it just tells cyclists whether they need to speed up to catch the green light (which makes me worry that it encourages people to fly through the intersection as it turns yellow, which could lead to an ugly collision with a signal-jumping car) or slow down and give up because they’re not going to catch it. Kind of cool, but certainly not as cool as a signal (or corridor of signals) that’s timed specifically for bicycles or pedestrians.

    • AW says:

      If you are familiar with your route then a “Flo” is superfluous. There are already many kinds of things you watch for to figure out when the light is changing. Is the walk sign flashing red or even better have a countdown ? Light is going to turn red soon. Did the turn lane arrow across the street go green ? How many cars need to drain – my light will go green after them.

  3. zieglarnatta says:

    I like what SDOT did with 9th ave at SLU, plastic pylons, & looks like they drew a new pilot diagonal line from the end of Westlake trail which then transitions to 9th ave, south bound.

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