Comment 1939

By Matt's (step) Grandfather (anonymous) | Posted November 08, 2006 at 12:49:42

On 11/7/2006 8:59:18 PM "nospeed" said

Don't forget - lights that are timed for 60 km/h (too fast anyway) are also timed for 120 km/h.

Hi "nospeed",

Your concept is correct but your math is not. It is not that simple. It depends on the distance between the lights and the length of each of the (red, yellow and green) light cycle times.

However, when multiple lights are involved and when they have unequal separations and cycle times, then there is usually only one speed that will "work".

But when all the lights are green all the time, as is the case here (Hamilton at night), then speed does not matter at all. A fact that all the drivers quickly learn.

GET RID OF THE "ON DEMAND" SETTINGS FOR THE CROSS STREETS, SO THE LIGHTS WILL GO RED OCCASIONALLY. LET THE SYNCHRONIZED LIGHTS CONTROL THE SPEEDS. IT REALLY DOES WORK.

Asking for "more enforcement" of speeds will only help until some other part of the city asks for "more enforcement". Guess what happens then.

Asking for "unsynchronized lights" won't help either. This WILL succeed in causing more traffic jams at rush hour. It will have NO effect at 1:00am as long as the "demand driven lights" on the side streets leave King and Main with green lights from end to end.

The three options that will cut speeding are:
1) Radar traps 24 hours a day forever.
2) Photo radar 24 hours a day forever.
3) Get rid of the demand driven lights and enforce the sequenced lights for a while until drivers learn that there now are red lights to stop at.

Matt's (step) Grandfather

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