Archive for July 13th, 2016
I reported this short cycle time to the Dutchess County DPW, back in September 2015, and got this response:
Thank you for contacting Dutchess County DPW about this matter. I will ask our Traffic Engineer to review the signal timing at CR 104/CR110 (New Hackensak/Jackson) to see if adjustments can be made. The primary factors used to set the current signal timing are operational efficiency, safety and Level of Service for motor vehicles. If there are signal timing adjustments which can achieve these goals and provide for safer passage of bicycles, we will explore those options. I will also ask our Traffic Engineer to investigate altering the sensitivity of the detector system to detect bicycles. I will share our findings with you. Thank you again for your comments.
Robert H. Balkind, P.E.
Dutchess County Department of Public Works
Emphasis mine, of course. Translation: “It’s not going to happen.”
I pinged him a few weeks later:
That review has not been done yet. I will advise you when our investigation is complete.
So, here’s what the signal timing looks like these days…
T = 0.000 s – Green
On the positive side, a pair of big long wheelbase recumbents stopped in the middle of the lane seem sufficient to trigger the traffic detector!
T = 3.150 s – Yellow
We’re definitely not fast enough off the block; Mary thought she had time for a sip of water. We started rolling less than two seconds after the green appeared, which is as fast as one should enter an intersection around here.
T = 8.000 s – Red
T = 13.000 s – Opposing Green
In round numbers, it takes us about 15 seconds from a cold start to reach the far side of that intersection. I can do it in a bit less, but Mary can’t, even though we’re in pretty good shape for the shape we’re in.
As with NYSDOT’s promises about the signal timing on Burnett Blvd, I’m not holding my breath about DCDPW getting in touch with me about that study; if nothing has changed after ten months, it never will.