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Traffic light cameras

Better bike detection, better travels

Maybe you’ve noticed more video cameras at intersections with traffic lights around town. The video cameras are up, but you don’t have to smile. Facial recognition, license plate numbers and other details are not recognized. The video cameras offer a generalized view with fixed focus and fixed location images designed to notice bikes and other vehicles.

When bicyclists use the bike lane to approach a signalized intersection with a video camera, they no longer need to wait for a motor vehicle to approach to trip the light. If there is a specific spot that cyclists need to stop to be detected, the location will be marked with a symbol on the pavement. As another reminder, a small sign will be posted on the nearest curb.

The change to video cameras promotes efficiency and saves money. The older inductive loop detection system used underground sensors to detect movement and had higher installation and maintenance costs.

Visit blm.mn/videocams or call 952-563-4870 for more information.