Cycling Edinburgh’s Short Items

  • 08:10:15 am on April 1, 2008 | 1

    “The Mayor in charge of traffic and environment, Klaus Bondam, has a new idea.

    So he has now proposed something City Hall calls ‘Intelligent Traffic Control’.

    It involves setting up sensors that measure air pollution in Copenhagen and the levels of pollution they report will regulate the traffic heading into the city.

    If the pollution levels are too high on any particular day, all the traffic lights on the main roads into the city will turn red and stay red longer than normal. The time the traffic lights are green will be reduced by 10 percent.”

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  • Lee 12:56 pm on April 13, 2008 | # | Reply

    Very good in that it will cut down on traffic in the city centre, but all those cars siting still waiting will mean more concentrated emissions in the out-lying areas, not to mention that more red lights means cars will be pulling away from stopped more often so more acceleration more often equalling more emissions.
    If there must be vehicle traffic it is better kept moving for environmental reasons as well as for traffic flow reasons, this is why traffic lights in all major UK cities have been linked in this way for at least the last 20 years and already change according to traffic weight. Linking them according to emission weighting is an interesting experiment and it would be good to se the results of this.

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