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Traffic Lights don't detect cyclists

Reported via desktop in the Traffic lights category anonymously at 10:47, Mon 1 March 2021

Sent to Hampshire County Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 2578809.

My family and I regularly cycle through this junction. When we approach we stop on the detector imbedded in the road. There also seems to be a camera mounted on the traffic light as a back up. I do not believe either are sensitive enough to pick us up and so we do not receive a green signal to advance. It is only when a vehicle arrives behind us that the lights will change (this can be in excess of 5 minutes). Because of the delay, some cyclists (and even vehicles!) ignore the lights altogether.

Can I suggest that the detectors are looked at to ensure they work for bikes (note that modern bikes now contain very minimal metal components and so traditional detection methods may be ineffective) . This junction is very popular with cyclists and so they should be the priority.

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  • They detect me on my bike on a daily basis - I never have to wait 5 minutes, and I have never seen a car drive through a red light.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted anonymously at 09:36, Thu 4 March 2021

  • Good for you! I will admit sometimes they work okay but it is too intermittent. I would like to keep this enquiry open to give the council opportunity to respond.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 10:54, Thu 4 March 2021

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