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Linwood Bicycle Lane Update

One week ago I sent out praise for the new bike lanes on Linwood avenue. I also tucked in a minor complaint about the cool bicycle traffic light where Linwood meets North, pointing out that riders have only a few seconds to cross.

I shared my observation with Justin Booth at GoBike Buffalo, and today he sends along an explanation from the Department of Public Works. It’s good news:

The current signal is quick to allow it to run through a dedicated phase for cyclists each time. This is not optimal for cars or cyclists and was done as a temporary measure. The next step will be to install a loop detection unit in the pavement that will recognize when bicyclists are at the intersection and initiate a longer bicycle signal phase only when needed. Since this is new we need to test our current loop detection units to ensure they are set appropriately to pick up all bicycles – even carbon fiber. Once the testing is complete we plan to install them at this location and have already identified some potential others that a dedicated signal phase for bicycles will be optimal.