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RFID Tags Allow Cyclists From This City To Turn Traffic Lights Green

RFID Tags Allow Cyclists From This City To Turn Traffic Lights Green

RFID Tags Allow Cyclists From This City To Turn Traffic Lights Green




These RFID tags allow cyclists from this city to turn traffic lights green, offering them priority in traffic all the time. This is definitely not good news for drivers, but when it comes to a city’s safety and functionality, pedestrians and cyclists go first!

Where else could something like this happen than in Denmark? Of course it’s the Danish who thought of using RFID tags to allow their cyclists to turn any traffic light green, not having to stop pedaling ever again.

Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, after the country’s capital, Copenhagen, is now offering cyclists RFID tags which will allow cyclists to pedal their way through traffic, by turning any traffic light green.

This is currently a trial experiment, trying to see how this will work in the future and if everything goes well, authorities are hoping that the number of cyclists in Aarhus will increase really fast, really soon.

 

“In Aarhus, we have a vision of helping the cyclists more and more to get the cars out of the inner city. So it’s a good idea to make the way round the city better for the cyclists and maybe not that good for the cars,” says Louise Overgaard, who is employed by the city for this project.

“I don’t think it’s going to go city-wide. But in the inner city there are a lot of cyclists, and we want to have fewer cars and more cyclists.” says Rita Westergaard, from ID-Advice, the company behind the system. She says it will cost about 40% less than magnetic coils in the road, mainly because you don’t have to dig up the surface to put them in, meaning that this is the most efficient solution to help cyclists in traffic.

RFID Tags Allow Cyclists From This City To Turn Traffic Lights Green

RFID Tags Allow Cyclists From This City To Turn Traffic Lights Green

Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, after the country’s capital, Copenhagen, is now offering cyclists RFID tags which will allow cyclists to pedal their way through traffic, by turning any traffic light green.

RFID Tags Allow Cyclists From This City To Turn Traffic Lights Green

RFID Tags Allow Cyclists From This City To Turn Traffic Lights Green

This is currently a trial experiment, trying to see how this will work in the future and if everything goes well, authorities are hoping that the number of cyclists in Aarhus will increase really fast, really soon.

RFID Tags Allow Cyclists From This City To Turn Traffic Lights Green

RFID Tags Allow Cyclists From This City To Turn Traffic Lights Green

“I don’t think it’s going to go city-wide. But in the inner city there are a lot of cyclists, and we want to have fewer cars and more cyclists.” says Rita Westergaard, from ID-Advice, the company behind the system.

She says it will cost about 40% less than magnetic coils in the road, mainly because you don’t have to dig up the surface to put them in, meaning that this is the most efficient solution to help cyclists in traffic.

RFID Tags Allow Cyclists From This City To Turn Traffic Lights Green

RFID Tags Allow Cyclists From This City To Turn Traffic Lights Green

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Written by T.B.V.

Passionate Explorer and Co-Founder @Gipsy_Ninja & @PencilNex. Life's short, go out with a bang!

  • meh

    Where else could something like this happen than in Denmark? Hmmmmmmm? I dunno, not many other places are that retarded.

    • JohnFraser

      That’s right. The really smart nations are full of people with big fat arses who ride cars everywhere.

      • meh

        Actually, the “really smart nations are full of people” who are well aware that traffic lights systems are designed to ease congestion and facilitate efficient movement of vehicles, and that any interference affects MUCH more than the individual intersection changing at the wrong time. Duh.

        Oh and “really smart nations are full of people” who are well aware that extensive reliance on bicycles as a means of transport is ONLY viable in areas where it’s mostly flat, just like the Danish locations. Duh.

        • window00

          “extensive reliance on bicycles as a means of transport is ONLY viable in areas where it’s mostly flat”

          Well, then, large regions of North America certainly qualify, particularly the Great Plains, coastal plains, basins, and deserts.

          No one’s asking that we shift to bicycles as cross-country transport – increasing and improving local bicycle-friendly infrastructure in metropolitan areas would make a huge difference in reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.

          P.S. Danes are not “retarded.” This isn’t middle school.

  • Melvyn Blackburn

    How long till people start taking them off there bikes and putting them in there cars?