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City seeks state funds for bicycle video detection project

Posted: December 7, 2009 5:06 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2009 5:04 p.m.
 
The city of Santa Clarita submitted an application to the state Bicycle Transportation Account to request $390,564 in funding for the city's proposed bicycle vdeo detection project.

If approved, the city will add bicycle video detection devices along two local roads in an effort to better detect vehicles and increase cyclist safety.

The bicycle video detection project uses cameras mounted on traffic signals to automatically detect the presence of a bicycle waiting at a traffic signal.

The devices eliminate the need for cyclists to wait for a car to trigger traffic signals or dismount their bicycles to push the pedestrian button.

If funding is approved, bicycle video detection devices will be added along Bouquet Canyon Road from Seco Canyon Road to Plum Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road from Canyon Country Park to Shadow Pines Boulevard.

"By applying for the bicycle video detection project, the city of Santa Clarita continues its commitment to the local cycling community," Mayor Frank Ferry said. "Because the local roadways selected for the project feature Class II bicycle lanes, video detection would significantly increase safety and enhance the riding experiences for Santa Clarita cyclists."

Video detection cameras are viewed as a superior solution to in-pavement loop detectors currently in place because they are not dependent on metallic objects for vehicle detection.

The city selected the project due to its eligibility for the funding source, transportation benefits, connectivity, cost, safety, constructability and potential for multiple uses.

The California Bicycle Transportation Account provides state funds for city and county projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters. The state's Department of Transportation awards competitive grants to eligible local agencies on an annual basis.

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