Last week the Copenhagen City Council approved spending 60 million kroner (about $9 million USD) to make bike transit even more efficient by using 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.
Pedestrians, bus drivers and cyclists can use their smartphones to get real-time traffic updates and also to send information. For example, if a bus is behind schedule, the driver can send an update and the traffic lights will react, helping the bus catch up.
Mayor for the Traffic and Environmental Administration, Morten Kabell, said it will cut down on commute time.
“In short, these systems will ensure traffic that flows better so that as many people as possible can save time in the greenest possible way,” Kabell told Copenhagenize. “It means that Copenhageners won't waste time on their way to and from work and that is good business.”
The city is taking steps to prioritize biking over automobiles to go green.
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