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Improving traffic flow for both cyclists and public transit

Replacing old traffic systems and will improve traffic flow for both cyclists and public transit. Pedestrians, bus drivers and cyclists can use their smartphones to get real-time traffic updates and also to send information.

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Improving traffic flow for both cyclists and public transit

Replacing old traffic systems and will improve traffic flow for both cyclists and public transit. Pedestrians, bus drivers and cyclists can use their smartphones to get real-time traffic updates and also to send information.
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Nature and Context

Public transit and private users on the road depend on traffic systems working properly, but also efficiently. For example, if a bus is behind schedule, the driver could send an update and the traffic lights will react, helping the bus catch up. Less time waiting in traffic means lower pollution, safer commutes for pedestrians and cyclists and more.

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Policy

Copenhagen City Council approved the spending of 60 million kroner (about USD 9 million) to make bike transit more efficient by using a rider’s smartphone information. The intelligent traffic signals will replace the 35-year-old system and will improve traffic flow for both cyclists and public transit.

Technology

A/B Street is a tool to model Seattle's traffic infrastructure in detail -- including sidewalks, turn lanes, on- and off-street parking, traffic signals, etc -- and to simulate cars, bikes, buses, and pedestrians moving through it. Players can reallocate existing road space (convert a general car lane to a bus lane) and edit intersections (convert a traffic signal to have a pedestrian-only scramble cycle), then run a detailed A/B test to explore the impact on all agents.

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