New traffic signals in Oklahoma City could improve travel time, safety

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http://newsok.com/new-traffic-signals-in-oklahoma-city-could-improve-travel-time-safety/article/3584737

Here is the newsok.com story about the OKC traffic light system.

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Traffic Talk: Waiting for traffic lights make drivers see red (from newsok.com)

http://newsok.com/traffic-talk-waiting-for-traffic-lights-make-drivers-see-red/article/3946345

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I think everybody knows of at least one stoplight that seems to take an eternity to change. I’m OK with the long lights when traffic needs it but it can be frustrating to sit there when there is no one else at the intersection. I found the story below on “Urban Village Blog”.

Several years back I was riding in the car with a friend who was a couple of days into the waiting game on some medical information. The tension in the car was palpable as we zoomed through the streets of the city, running a bit late for a meeting. At one point we stopped at a light, that tricky little intersection on Sheridan by Loyola where the stoplights are only 100 feet apart. The light directly in front of us was red but the one 100 feet further was green. As he slowed down for the stopped car in front of him, my friend did not see the red light and could not understand why the car had stopped. What was the driver waiting for? “Go!” he yelled with perhaps a few other chosen words laced into his sentence. “We don’t have time to wait for this idiot,” he barked as he laid on the horn. And would you believe that after 20-30 seconds of incessant honking, the poor guy in front of us ran the red light? All because we didn’t have time to wait.

I’m a fan of the smart network than can detect cars at the intersection and change lights for things like ambulences and fire trucks. OKC installed a centrally monitored intelligent traffic system.

….and the follow up post about bike safety…..

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This is the article where I found the funny video about bike lane hazards (see Bike Lanes by Casey Neistat in previous post). Bike safety is important and it is being addressed in some creative ways. I particularly like the BitLock idea of bike sharing with friends. The safety gadgets include lights sensitive to the surrounding environment, air bag for bikers, bike gps, and bikes horns that sound like car horns.

In Oklahoma, state highway bridges a river and time

bridge adoption

Placing bridges for adoption is a great way to re-use bridges (or portions of bridges) that no longer meet current traffic needs. These bridges can often be repurposed in a lighter capacity, as a pedestrian bridge or over a small water feature in park. It’s transportation recycling. ODOT did this with the beams from the old I-40 cross town also. The beams that were still in good condition were given to the counties so they could fix or replace some of their bridges.