By RTH Staff
Published December 04, 2008
Earlier this week, the City Traffic Department announced that they want to try and speed up traffic on James and John Streets, including spending $60,000 to convert four intersections to actuated signals, meaning they stay green for the major street until a sensor is activated to turn the light to red - either by a vehicle approaching the intersection on the side street or by a pedestrian pushing a button.
Transportation advocates cried foul, arguing that high speed traffic is detrimental to urban revitalization and that actuated signals don't respond to cyclists.
In response to the latter point, Daryl Bender, the city's alternative transportation manager, has forwarded a statement from City Traffic staff that they are still working out the specifics of the actuated signals, but they "intend to accommodate cyclists."
Staff are still "in the initial stages of the process" and can't provide details yet on how it would work, but they note that "a variety of strategies and hardware options" are available.
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