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Green lights for wet cyclists in Groningen

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Groningen city council is to install sensors in some traffic lights which will reduce waiting times for cyclists in the rain and snow, Nos television reports.

Tests with the sensors at one junction have been deemed a success by both cyclists and other road users and now the idea is to be rolled out to other parts of the city, the broadcaster says.

Once the sensors are installed, the lights in special bike lanes will go green more quickly if a cyclist is caught by a red light during bad weather.

Do you cycle in the rain and snow? Have your say using the comment box below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

This is a great idea, I won't need to take such risks now to try and get home quicker in the rain! :D

By David West | 10 October 2012 2:53 PM

I wonder how the traffic lights know if its raining/snowing. Can you speed it up on a sunny day by spraying the crossing request button with water?

By Jonathan Marks | 10 October 2012 3:30 PM

I do cycle, no mater what weather... and the idea sounds good, not only to get less wet, but mostly to reduce the temptation to go trough red (hence more safety for all).

By FG | 10 October 2012 4:21 PM

More brilliant solutions from the no. 1 cycling town in the West.

By Todd Edelman | 10 October 2012 5:19 PM

Yeeah! I live in Groningen and ironically just 5 minutes from the experimental traffic light! I know supposedly this is just money thrown at the rain, but it is good for the cyclists :)

By Mufty | 10 October 2012 8:41 PM

What a fantastic idea! I guess now if a normal person decides to take his car because is a cold rainy day (sinful decision according to Calvinism) he will get the "red wave" light and spend some extra hours (like if it is not enough what a car driver has to go through in NL) waiting before it gets back to green.

By Marco | 13 October 2012 8:35 AM

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