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LED Crosswalk for bikes and pedestrians

This video depicts a raised crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at the entrance to a roundabout in Papendrecht, Netherlands. This crossings adds an infrared sensor which detects approaching pedestrians and cyclists activating LEDs embedded in the roadway. The Netherlands currently has about 20 of these crossings for pedestrians, this represents the first one for bikes as well.

According to local authorities this is supposed to be a sustainably safe roundabout, among others because the bicycle and pedestrian crossings have been elevated and the lanes are separated by islands, so pedestrians need only cross a single lane at a time.

Some opponents of this system raise the concern that drivers could become lulled by this system and not look for pedestrians and cyclists at crossings without the embedded LEDs.

Via: Fietsberaad news

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