Rain sensors in Rotterdam traffic lights gives priority to cyclists

Working in favor of those who refuse to ride cars

Prioritizing cyclists
Traffic laws in big cities are, little by little, working in favor of those who refuse to ride cars, especially in Europe. A great example of how traffic can be adapted to better accommodate the minorities are the traffic lights in Rotterdam, which prioritize cyclists on rainy days. After all, people who sit comfortably inside their vehicles don’t really need to rush, and can give priority to those who are getting wet.

Riding a bike is one of the best ways to commute in the second largest and most important city in the Netherlands. Thinking about improving the comfort of those who choose an environmentally friendly travel option, the city installed rain sensors is traffic lights. When they detect moisture, they begin to prioritize cyclists reduce bicycle wait times from three minutes to just 40 seconds.

Last year, there was a 10% increase in the use of bikes in Rotterdam. This technology is only one of the 40 measures implemented by the local government, which aims to encourage the use of this means of transport, which reduces pollution and promotes healthy habits through physical activity.


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