Southern Utah is home to some of the most beautiful rock formations in the US, and is a mecca for cyclists who come from all over for picturesque rides through Utah’s Color Country. It’s also very bike-friendly, thanks in part to the Utah Department of Transportation’s use of SmartSensor Matrix radar traffic sensors at intersections.

June 24, 2015

PROVO, UT—Southern Utah is home to some of the most beautiful rock formations in the US, and is a mecca for cyclists who come from all over for picturesque rides through Utah’s Color Country. It’s also very bike-friendly, thanks in part to the Utah Department of Transportation’s use of SmartSensor Matrix radar traffic sensors at intersections.

A demonstration of Matrix’ ability to identify cyclists was featured in the Road Respect Tour, an annual state-wide event organized by Bike Utah, UDOT, the Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol and Zero Fatalities to encourage safe cycling and to build better relationships between cyclists and motorists. 

Jeremy Wright, director of strategic marketing, and Bryan Jarrett, executive vice president, represented Wavetronix at the Southern Utah leg of the event. Wright and Jarrett, both cycling enthusiasts, joined with the group in a 32-mile ride from Panguitch to Panguitch Lake in Garfield County on 28 May 2015; and showcased Matrix’s ability to “see” cyclists to local residents, safety advocates and politicians at a bike rodeo in Washington City on 29 May, following a 27-mile ride from the city of Hurricane to the Sand Hollow Reservoir recreation area. 

The event also included a demonstration by UDOT’s Traffic Signal Operations Manager Mark Taylor of Matrix’s ability to detect cycles and its remote configuration at one of St. George’s newest and most vital intersections on Redhills Drive and Bluff Street, where Matrix is used for vehicle detection. 

Matrix, which uses an array of 17 radar beams, is the only radar traffic sensor capable of true presence detection of all moving and stopped vehicles at the intersection. Unlike inductive loops that are often unable to detect bicycles, Matrix is able to detect bicycles and treats them like any other vehicle on the road. 

“It is vital that communities create systems that are safe for bikes,” Wright says. “We’re proud to stand with UDOT in encouraging safety and respect for cyclists.”