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Santa Clarita pilots app that detects cyclists at green lights

The GiveMeGreen! app from Sensys Networks allows cyclists using the app to be automatically detected up to 300 feet in advance of the intersection

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GiveMeGreen! aims to help cities improve safety at intersections and decrease congestion
GiveMeGreen! aims to help cities improve safety at intersections and decrease congestion

Santa Clarita, California, is to pilot a programme to improve safety for bicyclists as well as enhance travel convenience for all motorists.

 

The city will be trialling a beta-release of GiveMeGreen!, a smartphone app for automated bicycle detection at signalised intersections.

 

Automatic detection of cyclists

 

The system developed by Sensys Networks consists of the GiveMeGreen! app which allows cyclists using the app to be automatically detected up to 300 feet in advance of the intersection. Once detected, the traffic signal applies the normal pedestrian-crossing signal timing function.

 

This will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to use the same signal phase and will not cause any delay for motorists, according to Sensys Networks.

 

“This free app will greatly benefit both bicyclists and motorists by providing better information about the presence of bikes at these intersections,” said Cesar Romo, chief traffic signal system administrator for the city of Santa Clarita.

“GiveMeGreen! allows cities to easily tailor the services they want to provide for bicyclists, pedestrians, truck drivers and many other travellers"

“GiveMeGreen! not only improves safety, but also improves the ride experience for Santa Clarita’s legions of bicyclists with automatic and reliable advance detection.” This pilot system demonstrates the flexibility of the Sensys Networks platform, as it integrates with third-party signs and city traffic controllers.

 

There are also new signs that illuminate only when bicyclists or pedestrians are detected to warn turning motorists on Soledad Canyon that bicycles or pedestrians will be crossing the intersection during the next green light. Finally, the system includes a bicycle-only light at each intersection along the bike trail which confirms to the bicyclist that they have been detected.

 

“We are delighted to be working with the city of Santa Clarita on this pilot programme,” added Amine Haoui, CEO of Sensys Networks. “GiveMeGreen! allows cities to easily tailor the services they want to provide for bicyclists, pedestrians, truck drivers and many other travellers while leveraging the common components of this platform.

 

“This infrastructure-to-everything (I2X) system for connected and autonomous travelers will improve safety, decrease congestion and improve the travel experience for many different types of connected travellers.”

 

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