Is It Just Me…

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 10

Or have the timing on the lights on Broadway in Cambridge (especially near Galileo) been changed?

Over time I get used to timing all my commute lights with near perfect results (I always hit the same greens, always stop at the same reds), but now I seem to be off, a lot. I am hitting greens that should be reds (a lot more of them actually), and some reds that should be green.

Anyone else notice this?


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4 Responses to “Is It Just Me…”

  1. By Jeff C on Jul 11, 2013 | Reply

    Absolutely, they changed the light pattern. It used to be simultaneous greens in both directions at the same time. But now they’ve staggered it so each direction gets it’s own green. They’ve probably had too many accidents with twitchy drivers trying to thread the needle with their left turns through traffic.

  2. By MITGear on Jul 11, 2013 | Reply

    Yep it is changed. Although not to staggered greens, but to left turns only, then thru on green for both directions. It used to be thru and left turn when you had the chance for both directions.

    Another reason why trying to jump lights is a bad idea, they sometimes change the timing!

  3. By Doug on Jul 12, 2013 | Reply

    City of Cambridge has been changing light timings all over town… and then seemingly changing them back. Aside from the intersection you mentioned, which is a big improvement, here are some other changed I’ve noticed recently.

    Hampshire and Broadway changed the light timings a couple months ago so that the lights at Cardinal Medeiros and Hampshire would change at the same time as those at Hampshire and Broadway (going inbound and during rush hour). I think that has since reverted so that they are once again out of phase. Maybe someone realized it only encouraged drivers to floor it to avoid waiting another light cycle?

    Prospect Street had all its light timings changed a few months ago, most extremely at Harvard Street where the crossing time went from 60 seconds to 20 seconds (they have since changed it back).

    I believe Broadway and Columbia lost its leading pedestrian signal around the same time, but also got that back since.

  4. By h4ckw0r7h on Jul 15, 2013 | Reply

    The signal timing at this intersection has changed. I think the left arrows are too short to allow bicycles completely through the intersection if they are coming from Galileo Galilei and turning left onto Broadway. When I was first in line at the light last week, the left arrow was changing to yellow while I was still in the intersection.

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