A commenter the other day questioned our city traffic engineer’s assertion that: “My sense is that cyclists very much prefer the passive loops, and that’s why they became our standard for new construction.”
In case you missed that earlier post, a passive loop is a wire set into the pavement of the bike lane (the diamond-shaped cuts under the cyclist that you can see here) …
The loop is supposed to sense a bicycle in the lane waiting for a red light and sets the light up to change to green. That is opposed to the post with the push button (which you can see on the cyclist’s right), which is supposed to basically do the same thing, assuming you push the button, of course.
Our commenter, Gayle, went on to say: “I wonder if Larsen (the traffic engineer) actually polled any cyclists? I very much prefer not to unclip when I have to stop at an intersection, so I personally like a post better.”
So we put it to you: All things being equal, which do you prefer? Poll is in the sidebar. We’ll leave it there for a while.
OK, poll is not in the sidebar anymore. Voting has closed. Here are the results:
- Passive inductive loop in the bike lane: 46.55 percent
- I like to have something to help a cyclist change the light, but I don’t care which: 31.01 percent
- Push button on a post: 20.69 percent
- Nothing. Don’t bother with this type of infrastructure: 1.72 percent
So there you have it. The loops win.