NP feature 6/14/15--Chapter 7: Scottsdale, AZ
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GETTING THE GO-AHEAD AT TRAFFIC SIGNALS
|Scottsdale, Ariz., uses pedestrian-activated hybrid beacons to facilitate mid-block crossings.|
(Photo: Special to The News-Press)
Adding video cameras to detect cyclists at intersections so they get a turn at traffic signals is the next big bicycling safety enhancement here, said Susan Conklu, city transportation planner.
"We're focusing first on roads that have bike lanes, and the higher-traveled roads," Conklu said.
Fifteen intersections get the cameras to start, with more planned each year as finances permit.
The city also has installed some pedestrian hybrid beacons. They assist pedestrians and cyclists crossing in marked, but unsignaled crosswalks, operating much like a traffic signal, but costing less.
Scottsdale, Arizona, has a lot of bicycle bragging rights, with its 89 miles of paved, shared-use paths, 133 miles of striped bike lanes, 123 miles of marked, on-street bike routes and 143 miles of unpaved, shared-use trails.
And, it's far from finished.
"Scottsdale is about halfway built-out on our paved paths network," Conklu said, She added that anytime a road is updated, bike-lane striping is added.