April 2013 Newsletter

Next TSA Meeting

  • Date: Thursday, May 23rd

  • Place: Jose Higuera Adobe Park at 1830 N Park Victoria Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

  • Cross Streets: Near the intersection of N Park Victoria Dr. and Wessex Pl.

  • Time: 9:30am

 The speaker will be Chad Spaltro with Iteris. He will be discussing “Bicycle & Motor Vehicle differentiation during detection.”

In our presentation we will demonstrate how SmartCycle from Iteris will enable you to detect cars and bikes with astounding accuracy

Chad Spaltro with Iteris will be discussing at the upcoming TSA. The CA-MUTCD requires that all new traffic signals and any modified by 50% or more shall have bicycle detection installed at each approach and in each lane. Type D loops, Video Detection, and Radar are mentioned as ways to accomplish this task. These technologies vary in dependability of detecting bikes AND they all detect cars very well. The CA-MUTCD also requires that bikes get longer clearance or min. green time than the cars. What? How does the controller know when it’s a bike placing the call? In our presentation we will demonstrate how SmartCycle from Iteris will enable you to detect cars and bikes with astounding accuracy as well as differentiate between the two while placing bike calls to one channel and vehicle calls to another channel for more efficient use of cycle time on both coordinated and free running signals.

TSA September Minutes

  • 9:50 Started meeting:

  • Reading of the minute

  • Introductions were made

  • Financial report was submitted

  • Announcements of events were discussed

  • 10:00 Bill Marshall with ELTEC spoke to us about The Topic: The ABC’s of solar power for traffic systems and the importance of proper design of solar your system Solar power is used in traffic signal design from a simple flashing beacon to a traffic signal for a fire house in the wilderness. He also discussed new laws on the subject. Not worry too much if you missed his presentation. If you have a solar project that you want help with, he said “Contact me and I will help you solar size your project for free”. He was very knowledgeable and gave us a bit of an education in how important it is to size your project correctly. Thank You Mr. Marshall

  • 10:45 We all said good-by to Frank McCauley of South San Francisco. He has retired

  • 11:40 Meeting adjourned.

 

What happens when you type “I love traffic” into a Google search?

Boredom and curiosity caused me to ask myself, what happens when you type “I love traffic” into a Google search? The answer is a simple but challenging traffic games came up. http://armorgames.com/play/3515/i-love-traffic

This game apparently can be downloaded onto your smartphone. I personally have not tried it due to not having a smartphone. I got to level #15 see how you can do. See if you have better traffic signal abilities. Good Luck

Posted for Dave Mooso by Don Wood