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:
3 second head start on Ushers quay. pic.twitter.com/RijWxJoVuU
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