Thanks to Sean, a CiW reader who wrote in to ask about stoplight sensors for bikes after waiting (patiently, or otherwise) in the right-hand turn lane on Willis onto Ghuznee. After contacting Stuart Bullen, senior traffic engineer for Wellington City Council, we learned that 95% of Wellington’s stoplights have sensors that detect bikes at an intersection. The signal loops, or sensors, are apparently cut and positioned to pick up bikes, although a fibre glass bike may go unnoticed.
Mr. Bullen also noted that Wellington is working on increasing the number of green-painted advanced stop boxes which serve two purposes: 1) detection of the bike at the intersection; and 2) allow the cyclist an advanced start. According to Mr. Bullen,even at intersections without these designated markings, a bike should be detected if it is stopped near the center of the lane, although he concedes that there are daily problems with various signal loops throughout the city due to damage caused by contractors performing road works.
Mr. Bullen kindly offered to send along a list of intersections with green advanced stop boxes for cyclists. I will post upon receipt. In the meantime, Sean also found a Google map plotting the location of these stops throughout Wellington. Have a look to see if your favorite intersection is included or let us know if you think it should be. Also, share your experiences about the intersections you use most.