UDOT has been able to save money by implementing the system at intersections that were already equipped with SmartSensor Matrix.

April 24, 2013

PROVO, UT—Bicyclists in Salt Lake City are finding it a little easier to navigate Utah’s capitol city, thanks to SmartSensor Matrix. The Utah Department of Transportation has implemented a unique bicycle detection system at a number of intersections, designed to give green lights not just to drivers but also to bicyclists stopped at the red light.

The simple system includes SmartSensor Matrix and a bike decal painted on the road. When a cyclist stops on the decal, he falls within one of Matrix’s programmed zones and is detected just as any vehicle would be; if traffic on the cross street is light, the cyclist is given the green. The decal is placed close enough to the intersection stop bar to fall within the sensor’s detection area, but far enough away from the curb to keep the cyclist safe from vehicles turning right at the intersection.

UDOT has been able to save money by implementing the system at intersections that were already equipped with SmartSensor Matrix. Officials focused on intersections along main cycling corridors where they cross high-traffic streets, and they hope to launch the system statewide soon.

Cyclists Chad Mullins told Utah’s KSL-TV that he’s eager for innovations that help cyclists and motorists safely share the road. “It’s a great improvement,” Mullins says.

The original story on KSL-TV can be viewed here.