Smart Traffic Lights in the Netherlands Minimize Wait Times for Cyclists and Motorists Alike

Smart traffic lights in the Netherlands detect when cars or cyclists approach to minimize the wait times for everyone. An even more detailed look at how the lights can be found on Bicycle Dutch.

In Dutch traffic light installations, detection loops register every single road user. The times of the signals – red, as well as green times – are adjusted according to which road users have been detected. “If we have detected them well, and when we also determined their speed well, it is possible to give someone 3.2 seconds extra instead of 4 seconds. That 0.8 seconds difference can be given to other road users and you’ve just seen what a difference that can make. That is a true win!”