Dublin City Council has finally started operating a head-start setting on bicycle traffic lights, years after the cyclist-level traffic lights were installed at a number of junctions around the city.
Today, the bicycle traffic lights seem to be operating at around a three second head start. The head start is a common safety measure to allow people on bicycles to start advancing legally across a junction before motor traffic, especially ahead of left turning motorists.
The mini bicycle traffic lights were installed at a number of junctions from 2014, but the head-start feature was not enabled at the time.
As we reported at the time in 2014, the city council first said that the lights were an “awareness” feature, but then the council told another media outlet that it “does intend to introduce a lead time (head-start), but he did not have a date for when this would happen.” But fast-forward to February 2018 and the Dublin Inquirer reported that the council said it was not considering advance signalling for the moment.
Here’s the head-start feature in action today:
Hello Reader... IrishCycle.com is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.
There are examples, big and small, which show that the reader-funded or listener-funding model can work to support journalism -- from the Dublin Inquirer and The Guardian to many podcasts. To make it work for IrishCycle.com, it just needs enough people like you to believe!
Monthly subscriptions will give IrishCycle.com's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year IrishCycle.com had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.
I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.
The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of February, 210 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!
But currently, it's only around 1.3% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via ko-fi.com/irishcycle/tiers