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Re: “Reader: Can we the people do something about the traffic signals?

Mr. K-- ,

There are essentially two types of sensors that are used on the sensor based traffic signals: camera and loop.

Camera detectors have become very popular because of the ease of maintenance, reliablility, and adjustibility for coverage areas and sensitivity. You will see these on the signal light arms of many systems these days. They do detect motion, but you have to be going pretty slow for these not to detect you -- like idling in low gear or slower. If you are going above walking speed, they will pick you up. The more likely causes of not being detected are lenses being blocked or dirty, lense flares, or the camera having been moved by wind so the detection area is in the wrong spot.

Loop detectors are essentially upside-down metal detectors. They work by passing an electrical signal through coils (loops) of wire buried in the pavement. When a metal object, ideally ferrous metal, passes over the loops, it causes a change in the signal that is picked up by sensors. These systems are expensive to maintain since you have to dig up the road to fix them and they have often been the subject of complaints that they don't pick up motocycles or even newer cars with low amounts of steel (correctly operated and adjusted systems have no problem picking up even the smallest motorcycles). About the only adjustiment that can be made without digging up the street is to sensitivity. These detectors are generally not speed sensitive at all.

Driving up to an intersection at a high speed and then slamming on the brakes is not necessary with either type of system .

Posted by Odin on 09/09/2018 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Concrete Couch wants to allow a temporary homeless camp at its new location. But is it a pipe dream?

Allowing the homeless to stay there can make things very difficult when it comes time to try to move them. Per the state of Colorado, if you allow them to stay on your property, they become legal tenants and therefore you have to go through extra hoops of a formal eviction to get them to leave.

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Posted by Odin on 09/03/2018 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Reader: Can we the people do something about the traffic signals?

One of the problems is that Colorado Springs has far too many traffic signals per road mile, but we cannot really do too much about that unless we completely redesign our entire road system, which also means redesigning how everything is laid out, tearing buildings down, etc.. Redesigning and rebuilding our city is kind of out of the question. Colorado Springs also has a very large footprint for a city of this population, which also exacerbates the problem.

A common mythunderstanding about traffic is the synchronizing of lights. While it sounds simple to sync lights on a main road, it can really only be done in one direction and once you start throwing cross traffic into the mix and trying to sync all of them, you have a hopeless headache. We have to remember that traffic is a grid -- an interlocking mesh of roads all with different traffic volumes, spacing, and surges -- and highly dynamic, so what works tomorrow at 4:30 PM will likely not work at 4:45 PM or work the next day at 4:30 PM. All it takes is one fender bender or one business to close early to throw a wrench into everything.

There are many different types of traffic signal control systems, from simple static timed systems (no sensors) and variable timed systems (no sensors), to computer controlled individual intersections with sensors, to computer controlled arrays of intersections with sensors. Colorado Spring as a mix of different systems. If you get stuck behind a red where there is no cross traffic, it is likely that you are at a timed intersection.

The best thing to do to deal with the traffic is to put the phones down, even at traffic lights (it is still illegal to text, email, etc. when stopped at a traffic light, even if the cops can't give you a ticket), not to zig-zag between lanes trying to find the fastest one, to go as close to the speed limit as weather conditions allow, and to be courteous to other drivers.

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Posted by Odin on 09/03/2018 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Reader: Manage the deer properly

"Yet Frank McGee, wildlife manager, acknowledges that the city's deer have not yet reached "biological carrying capacity." " - Deborah Janke

Completely ignoring that he stated that was for the "area", not just the city, and that he also stated that the ecological capacity has been exceeded. The difference between the two is the biological capacity is the point at which the deer suffer from starvation and malnutrition whereas the ecological capacity is where the deer start doing long term damage to their environment.

"Colorado's regional director of the Mule Deer Foundation, Marty Holmes, agrees, noting that Colorado deer number 1 million, down from 2.2 million in the 1960s. " - Deborah Janke

Umm... no. Try around 400,000 for the entire state, with a target goal of around 550,000.

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Posted by Odin on 08/30/2018 at 2:16 PM

Re: “A map of the red-light camera locations chosen by the city


That is a big "IF".

Posted by Odin on 08/24/2018 at 11:42 AM

Re: “A map of the red-light camera locations chosen by the city

Oh horse manure, Brian. Almost everything in your post is bogus. The only person responsible for running red lights is the driver. Man up and take responsibility for your own actions and quit blaming everyone else for your crappy driving.

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Posted by Odin on 08/23/2018 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Urban deer: Officials set tentative timeline for culling

"The plan will have to include information about the best places in the city for commercial hunters to bait and cull deer, most likely using rifles. "

Most likely not. Most all other places that do this use archery. And they don't normally use "professional shooters", what ever the hell those might be. .

"Many of the animals are infected with chronic wasting disease, which apparently reduces quality of life."

Apparently? What is this apparently cr@p? It ABSOLUTELY does. Think of it kind of like having both Alzheimers and Parkinsons at the same time. Watch some videos of Mad Cow disease effects on cows for an idea of what CWD does to deer.

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Posted by Odin on 08/05/2018 at 5:03 PM

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