Foto Friday: Bike Traffic Lights

Bike Traffic Light in Long Beach, CA. Photo:

Focusing on intersections again, this week we look at bike traffic lights. Paint across intersections work well on intersections that are a bit more traffic calmed but on a rat’s nest like Montezuma Road and Fairmount Avenue, painted guidance across intersections can have mixed results especially when they require riders to navigate their way across lanes alongside fast moving vehicle traffic.

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On intersections like Fairmount and Montezuma, different traffic light phases can be a solution in allowing motor vehicles and bicycles to coexist peacefully. Giving riders a small lead time to start along with preventing right turns on red can result in smoother and safer traffic flow for all.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you prefer timed lights or activated traffic lights?