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Tags:Andy Rooney, Technology connections, LED stop lights
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gravelstudios - 2019-05-05
I watch this guy all the time. I love his channel. His interests are kind of similar to mine, and he has the time to tear stuff apart and explain it that I don't have the time to do because I have a real job now.
animegurl1000 - 2019-05-05
For a few months I interned at a city government right around the time public works was installing LEDs in most of the traffic lights. This was in 2003 and this city was one of the first in the region to have LEDs, so most drivers weren't familiar with them at the time.

I remember hearing so many complaints. "They're too bright, they hurt my eyes!" "How much money will these newfangled bulbs actually save the taxpayers?" and even the inevitable "The snow will block them out!" because they read of some incident in Colorado or California.

Now 15 years later a majority of those LED bulbs are still working and are only now being replaced because entirely new poles and signal heads are being put up. I can't imagine what 15 years of costs saved by not having to send out a cherry picker and a crew to replace a bulb every two weeks adds up to, but I'm sure it went straight to administration salaries anyway.
garcet71283 - 2019-05-05
It’s safe to assume that the savings were passed right along into the pockets of the administrators. When was the last time you saw gas taxes decrease?

Old_Zircon - 2019-05-05
There are some relatively new stop lights (replaced with LED and new control systems in the last decade, since I moved down here) on my commute to work that have the usual button for people to push when they want to cross but very obviously don't respond to it at all and just have it there to make people think they're accomplishing something rather than getting fed up and jaywalking.

I've been passing some of them for 5 or 6 years now 4-5 days a week and they're on exactly the same cycle every time, regardless of whether anyone pushes the button or not.
badideasinaction - 2019-05-05
Most buttons don’t make the light change faster, just the light cycle doesn’t change at all if there’s no button press or car on the sensor; around here every high-traffic to low-traffic has that for the low-traffic part.

Motorcyclists sometimes have to hop off and hit the button if their bike isn’t tripping the magnetic sensor. Or maybe Canada actually bothers to wire these things.

SolRo - 2019-05-05
There are minimum times for green lights that won’t be overwritten by crosswalk buttons. Otherwise some idiots/high pedestrian count could cause a traffic jam just by pressing buttons repeatedly.

Pedestrians are just another traffic flow problem to integrate at intersections, not holy exceptions to all rules that must be immediately catered upon.

Old_Zircon - 2019-05-05
The light cycle is exactly the same at the specific one I'm thinking of, no matter what. No inductive loop or anything, and the buttons clearly do nothing. It's on a permanently timed cycle but they actually installed new buttons and everything to maintain the illusion. It's a pretty busy pedestrian crossing, too. It's absolutely unambiguous.

Honestly I think it's kind of great.

SolRo - 2019-05-05
If it’s a busy pedestrian intersection then the minimums will be the limiting factor thus giving the appearance of buttons not ”doing anything”.

Again, they aren’t there to stop all traffic instantly so pedestrians can cross.

The only way you could prove otherwise is if pedestrian crossing signals automatically turned on when there are no pedestrians pressing the buttons.

Two Jar Slave - 2019-05-06

SolRo - 2019-05-07
I’m just debunking his early onset conspiracy-itis before it goes full blown gang stalking targeted individual

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