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Thursday, October 22, 2009
New signals a break for bikers, walkers
Have you noticed those eye-popping new signals being installed at a few crosswalks around town? I haven't found any with controls that pick up a bicycle's approach, but such an installation would seem just the ticket where the M-Path crosses Bird Road, for instance. Anyway, those neon yellow signs fairly scream, "Look out!" ... And the flashing light that responds to your touch on the sign button would seem impossible to miss. Hey, click on the photo and look at the solar cell on top of the sign post. Cool!
Several of the signals, for instance one opposite Fresh Market in Coconut Grove, are installed midblock. I first heard of signals like this when Gabrielle Redfern of Miami Beach, as a member of the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee, proposed them for a particularly troublesome spot under discussion at the time.