#1 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, September 8th, 2013 13:39
#2 By: D3343, September 8th, 2013 20:20
My hometown of Boulder, Colorado does not synchronize. In places on Broadway (a main thoroughfare, as you might guess by the name) you can see four or five lights ahead, and you can see them all turn red within a second of each other. They also have a lot of red arrows forbidding left turns, even when you can see the oncoming traffic for a quarter mile. Their reasoning: If we make it difficult enough to get around, people won't drive their cars anymore, then we won't have a traffic problem. You might think I'm kidding about that last, but I'm not. I can't think of many things about which I envy LA, but this is one of them. (I guess another would be that I wish my baseball team had $200 million to spend on payroll like the Dodgers.)
#3 By: Lady Fitzgerald, September 8th, 2013 22:08
Ah, yes, planned gridlock; cities' feeble attempt to get people to go where the city wants them to go, not where the people want to go. No matter how much it fails, they still try.
#4 By: Rhys Daniell, September 9th, 2013 00:09
This claim would come a quite a surprise to the people of Sydney, Australia (a major city by most standards) which had at least some lights synchronised 40 years ago.
All significant Sydney roads were synchronised some time before 1998, when a major control centre was built in order to manage traffic for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
#5 By: takeiteasyjay, September 9th, 2013 00:16
I think they are saying synchronizing all the signal lights. I am not very sure if this means 100% of lights in every street or major ones. I would like to know which city started synchronized signals.
#6 By: Craig Thorne, September 9th, 2013 12:36
From what i can read of the question, it said, "Los Angeles Is The First Major City To Synchronize What?" I'd have to say that Sydney qualified as a Major City. Heck the little town i lived in had main street lights set for a specific speed limit to travel thru without stopping. Not sure how the store owners felt about that though.
#7 By: Khhea, September 15th, 2013 11:39
if people would look up the word SYNCHRONIZED they would find it means happening at the same time-- the desirable thing for traffic lights is that they be SEQUENCED properly to allow a steady flow of traffic
#8 By: Lady Fitzgerald, September 15th, 2013 16:37
I believed the term synchronized refers to the lights being synchronized to the speed limit.
#9 By: Khhea, September 19th, 2013 14:29
verb \ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌnīz, ˈsin-\
: to cause (things) to agree in time or to make (things) happen at the same time and speed
: to happen at the same time and speed
the above comes from the merriam-webster online dictionary
traffic lights that are SYNCHRONIZED all change at the same time
if they are SEQUENCED properly they will allow a vehicle traveling at a specific speed to travel quite a distance
(assuming no ostruction from uninformed drivers)
#10 By: Lady Fitzgerald, September 19th, 2013 15:30
The funny thing is, for the past 60+ years, I've always heard of traffic lights being synchronized to certain speeds, usually a bit under the speed limit, but never, ever heard of them being sequenced.
#11 By: Khhea, September 19th, 2013 17:34
surely you can see that it has been being misused at least that long -- if there is a light at every corner, and they are sequenced let's say to a 24 mph speed limit, you can drive 24 mph and as you approach each light it will change to green, and if you maintain that speed, you will be able to go a long way with out stopping, assuming you are not behind traffic that is unaware of the timing, but if they are synchronized, a whole bunch will change at one time
#12 By: Lady Fitzgerald, September 19th, 2013 18:00
Actually, no I can't.
#13 By: Michael McLeod, November 28th, 2013 11:28
65 years ago I remember in Minneapolis, they had 2 one-way 4 lane streets which ran one into downtown and one out of downtown. There was a traffic light on every crossroad, they were synchronized so that if you drove the speed limit (30mph) you could make every light. On the other hand if you didn't pay attention to this you would have to stop at every corner. So doing this is not altogether a new idea. And, no computer control then. The lights were very reliable and I never remember a time I couldn't get "in the groove".
#14 By: Doctordeere, November 28th, 2013 12:06
Riots and/or looting?