Some knowledgeable people in Miami-Dade County say we have such bike-activated signals here. But guess what. They're nearly impossible to find.
Bike planners and traffic engineers have said in public meetings that, although we don’t have loop detector signs here in Miami-Dade, we do have loop detectors buried just a few inches under the asphalt. We’re more likely to have them on recently repaved roadways. They say that even though there’s no bike symbol in the roadway, the loop detector is indicated by striations or etchmarks in the pavement that look a little like this:
The line in the center is particularly important,
But even these are hard to find. Impossible to find because they don't exist? That's our big question and the reason for our Bike Loop Detector Challenge and Buried Treasure Hunt.
If no one finds a working bike loop detector anywhere in Miami-Dade County, that will be the next step in Bike Coconut Grove's campaign to make sure bike loop detectors are installed at crucial intersections where a lot of people bike. Example: Samana Dr. and South Miami Ave. just north of Mercy Hospital. Ever sat there on Samana on your bike waiting for the light to change as the cars speed by on South Bayshore, only to have the light change as soon as a car comes up behind you? It's because there's no working bike loop detector, but there is a working loop detector for cars. It happens everywhere. Let's change that.