Denver installs bike detection lanes to encourage more bicycling

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Bike detection lane at Denver intersection

Bike detection lane at Denver intersection

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DENVER -- It's new world technology designed to make old world technology roll. Denver Public Works is simply calling it, well, it doesn’t really have an official name.

The idea is simple: You roll up to an intersection on your bike and stop. Then, an infrared camera detects your presence, and when the light turns green, you will have more time to safely cross the street.

It will not trigger the light to turn any sooner.

The system, which costs just under $100,000, has been installed at seven Denver traffic light controlled intersections. They've been carefully selected  for the pilot program.

"If we can make things easier for bicyclists it will maybe make more people want to ride their bikes," said Heather Burke from Denver Public Works.

So if you find yourself on that big green painted box on the street, hopefully on your bike, look up at the camera, say cheese, and leave the scene when the light turns green.

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